Postpone upgrading to Lion. Don't want to wait? At least read this [Update]

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I postponed the Lion upgrade for a long time. Snow Leopard worked just fine, after all. Then last night I plunged and upgraded, and man was it a bumpy ride. Being in the know, now, having seen the giraffe, the pragmatic thing you should do is not upgrade. If you’re reading this, however, chances are you suffer from the same thing that ails me, an irresistable urge for the latest. So since you’re going to upgrade no matter what’s smart, here’s what you need to know.

The upgrade itself

  1. Back up. If not all your files, then at least the ones you can’t afford to lose.
  2. Run Disk Utility. Repair permissions and verify disk.
  3. Buy Lion, download it, but before you click install, copy the “Install OSX Lion” file from your Applications folder — that way you can create a USB thumb stick at a later time.
  4. Run the upgrader.

What happened to me was the installer hits some undefined snag, reboots, then shows me no other info than “Mac OSX Utilities”, which includes restoring from a Time Machine, re-installing OSX and running Disk Utility. What happened? Where are my files? What am I supposed to do? Yeah, not very pleasant. I ended up clicking re-install OSX, and 2nd time was the charm.

WiFi not working?

What I found out, right after first boot, was that my WiFi wasn’t working. I managed to get it working again by perusing these tips. Specifically for me, deleting the SystemConfiguration folder, and deleting all stored WiFi acces points seemed to do the trick.

Off-putting changes

Your mileage will vary here. Some of you will like the new changes, some of you will want to try the new setup out for a while to see if you get used to it, some of you will want to turn it off right away. I’m among the latter. Here’s a list of stuff I did.

Restore the hidden Library folder

Install Lion Tweaks and unhide the Library folder. This app will also allow you to perma-enable the janky new scrollbars, which I expect to do, but haven’t done at this time.

Reverse (restore) the scroll direction

This is one of the more stupid decisions (more on that a different time), but scrolling has been reversed. You can change it back in System Preferences > Trackpad.

Restore the history back gestures for Chrome

Three finger swipe left and right is now swipe between spaces, and two finger swipe left and right is back / forward in Safari. The latter isn’t working in Chrome yet, so I went to System Preferences > Trackpad and set space-swiping to four fingers and back/forward to three finger swipes.

Hide the dashboard from Mission Control

I find the dashboard utterly useless. So it’s nice that I’m able to remove it from Mission Control in System Preferences > Mission Control.

[Update]: If you’re in the unique situation where you need to use a hosted PAC (Proxy Auto Configuration) file for your system proxy, you do not want to upgrade. If you do, you’re entering a world of pain. A world of pain.

9 thoughts on “Postpone upgrading to Lion. Don't want to wait? At least read this [Update]”

  1. James says:

    Give the reverse scrolling a try for a day. I hated it the first day, but loved it the second. It just felt natural as soon as I booted up the next morning. It’s like you’re interacting with the content more. You aren’t scrolling down, instead you’re pushing the content up.

    1. Joen says:

      Give the reverse scrolling a try for a day. I hated it the first day, but loved it the second. It just felt natural as soon as I booted up the next morning. It’s like you’re interacting with the content more. You aren’t scrolling down, instead you’re pushing the content up.

      Okay, I’ll give it a try.

  2. matthew says:

    I had the same issue witht he reverse scrolling, forced myself to try (on mighty mouse and trackpad) and after 2 days! it makes perfect sense. you move the CONTENT not the frame.

    I didnt have all your other issues but thanks for the Lion Tweaks suggestion

    And I made a USB stick of the install before installing too.

  3. Been using reverse scrolling since the beta; loving it. The thing that trips me up a few rare times, is going from scrolling to using arrow keys…

    No need to copy Lion before install, just use the util.

    And yes, the spaces navigation should obviously be four fingers per default, since that’s how you enter into Mission Control mode anyway. I don’t understand why it isn’t. Especially since that’s also the gesture for going from app-to-app on the iOS 5 beta.

  4. Joen says:

    When I said I had fixed my network issues in this post, I spoke way too early. Oh god this is horrible.

    1. Joen says:

      Michael Heilemann,

      You don’t want to know. But since you’re asking, this.

  5. Beltran says:

    I’m a printer that have to use all the applications in the market to deliver a near perfect print to my customers. I waited to 10.7.3 to install. From Photoshop is almost never a problem, but Word, Powerpoint and a couple of other apps, give a headache to anyone who wants to do a good job. I print to Epson Pro printers, Docucolor printers and offset.
    I have 2 Mac Pros and 1 MBP, all running 10.7.3 now, am I the only lucky guy in town?. Everything is going very smooth and by the way faster than with Snow Leopard. Of course, I lost some apps to the lack of Rosseta, but because I’m a professional I have the latest versions of the apps that I use and I don’t miss CS 2 when I have CS5. By the way, I’m also a professional photographer and a designer. With the exception of OSX first version, after 10.1 everything has been a wonderful ride with Apple.

  6. Lorin says:

    I hate this upgrade ! The minute it loaded I was unable to get into my computer. It wouldn’t take my password and I spent 2.5 hours on Apple Care to have to get in and redo my admissions. Pathetic. In my Safari the pages do not open to my homepage but to the last page I viewed. Pain in the ass. Hate the scrolling thing. Why on earth do they do this ? You know why ? To make themselves richer. I’m even having issues with iCloud and buying from the Apple store because it keeps switching passwords and IDs. Reallly? Did I need this ? NO! It’s like upgrading to PS6……do we really have to ? NO

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