Some Tips On Upgrading To macOS High Sierra

Tomorrow, Apple is expected to announce among other items, the ship date for their latest OS which is macOS High Sierra. But before you upgrade, here’s some tips on what you might want to do before you pull that trigger.

  1. Don’t Upgrade… At least not yet: macOS High Sierra brings a brand new file system called APFS to the table as well as the fact that Microsoft has warned that Office may not work with High Sierra. There’s likely other things out there that may be problematic such as bugs like the ones that Apple had with WiFi a few years back or other incompatibilities that nobody knows about. Thus you might want to wait to upgrade until the dust settles from the early adopters finding all the problems that exist.
  2. If You Must Upgrade, Make A Backup: Needless to say, making a backup of your current setup is vital before upgrading. That way you have a way to go back to where you were if things don’t work out. There’s plenty of backup solutions out there from Apple’s own Time Machine to third party utilities such as Carbon Copy Cloner that can be used for this purpose.
  3. Make Sure Your Apps Are Compatible With High Sierra: Seeing a Microsoft is out there saying that Office compatibility with High Sierra is sketchy at best, it would serve you well to check this site to see if the rest of the apps on your Mac may have issues and what you can do about it.
  4. Upgrade Your Software BEFORE You Upgrade: You should ensure that all your application software is up to date before you pull the trigger on upgrading. Ditto for the current version of macOS that you’re using. That will reduce the risk that something might go sideways during the upgrade.
  5. Run A Disk Utility BEFORE You Upgrade: The last thing I would do is boot of the Recovery Partition and run Disk Utility to verify the volume that you plan to install the upgrade on. It likely wouldn’t hurt to do a permission repair as well. Alternately you can run a third party utility such as DiskWarrior to do the same thing.

At this point you should be good to go. Key word being SHOULD. Upgrading an operating system isn’t a trivial process. But if you take these steps beforehand, you should reduce the risk of any issues. Or you can take my first suggestion which is to wait a bit. Then follow the rest of my advice.

 

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One Response to “Some Tips On Upgrading To macOS High Sierra”

  1. […] High Sierra (which any Mac that ran Sierra will), then this is a worthwhile upgrade. Just take my advice on what to do before you upgrade and you too can leverage the performance tweaks that High Sierra […]

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