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Hello all.
I am about to receive my new 27" iMac in a few days and I just have one question/advice to seek:
When I am setting up the new Mac, I will be using the Setup Assistant to transfer all my stuff from this current iMac, is it advisable to:
1. Transfer everything - including Applications? OR
2. Just my User's data, etc (My music, photos etc etc) and install all the applications (3rd party) fresh?
Bearing in mind that I intend to install the new Office 2011 and also Adobe CS5 Upgrade on my new iMac, and they are not on my current iMac (contains Office 2008 and CS3).
But this would also meant I have to re-install some of the utilities, some are paid shareware like SuperDuper, from fresh.
Thanks and cheers

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howwow wrote:
Hello all.
Hi howhow.
I am about to receive my new 27" iMac in a few days...
Sweet!
When I am setting up the new Mac, I will be using the Setup Assistant to transfer all my stuff from this current iMac, is it advisable to:
Be sure to do it the *first time you boot* your new Mac.
1. Transfer everything - including Applications?
You could do that if you first installed Office 2011 and also Adobe CS5 on your old Mac.
You could also migrate all Apps from old, then delete them with their uninstallers and install the new.
But if those are upgrades, they may need to see the old ones, in which case you definitely want to transfer the old.
But this would also meant I have to re-install some of the utilities, some are paid shareware like SuperDuper, from fresh.
If you have the license, there should be no problem. And if you don't have the license, it's free. Don't know what other third party stuff you've got...
If it was me, I'd upgrade the old Mac and then use Setup Assistant to migrate all.
Good luck with the new iMac, I crave one of those!
-mj

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