Now that we’ve taken care of all the boring housekeeping chores, we can get down to the fun part: installing Snow Leopard.
Install Snow Leopard
- Insert the Snow Leopard install DVD into your DVD drive. The Mac OS X Install DVD window should open. If it doesn’t, double-click the DVD’s icon on your desktop.
- Double-click the ‘Install Mac OS X’ icon in the Mac OS X Install DVD window.
- The Mac OS X installer window will open. Click the ‘Continue’ button.
- Select the destination drive for Snow Leopard.The selected drive must already have OS X 10.5 installed.
- Click the ‘Customize’ button if you want to make any changes to the packages that will be installed. Most users can skip this step, as the default packages should prove adequate, but if you want to add or remove specific installation packages, this is the place to do it. For example, you may want to remove languages you don’t need or make changes to the printer drivers that are installed.
Snow Leopard uses a new method for installing and using printer drivers. Previous versions of the Mac OS installed a long list of drivers that most of us never used. Snow Leopard’s installer checks to see which printers are attached to a Mac, as well as which printers are nearby (connected by a network and using the Bonjour protocol to advertise that they are on the network). If you want to install all available printer drivers, expand the ‘Printer Support’ item and put a check mark next to ‘All Available Printers.’
Click ‘OK’ when you’re done.
- When you’re ready to proceed with the default install, click the ‘Install’ button.
- The installer will ask if you’re sure you want to install Mac OS X. Click the ‘Install’ button.
- The installer will ask for your password. Enter your password and click the ‘OK’ button.
With these basic questions out of the way, your Mac is ready for the actual installation.