Should I Upgrade to El Capitan?

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Reasons to Upgrade to El Capitan and How to Prepare

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Are you still running your Mac on Yosemite? Or even Maverick? I’ll admit, I’m slow to upgrade my OSX — I have a bit of a don’t fix what isn’t broken philosophy about it. But with the announcement of Apple’s latest OSX, Sierra, coming in Fall 2016, it’s time to get with the program.

What’s new in El Capitan?

The gist of the El Capitan upgrade is that your operating system will be sleeker, easier to use, and more feature-packed. You won’t find anything revolutionary, but you may find that it makes your day-to-day tasks more enjoyable.

Following is a sample of upgrades included in El Capitan:

  • Enhancements to Full Screen mode and Mission Control
  • A new Split Screen view
  • Improved search functionality
  • Updated Safari browser
  • A better Notes app
  • Additional Photo features, including data editing
  • Overall better, faster Mac performance from “under the hood” upgrades


What’s the process for upgrading to El Capitan?

Upgrading to El Capitan should be simple and straightforward for most users.

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Click on your App Store icon and navigate to Updates. If you have no yet updated to El Capitan, you should see a large banner image advertising the upgrade. Select Free Upgrade from the middle right of the banner image. Your Mac will walk you through each of the upgrade steps to follow.

My upgrade took about 25 minutes. I would expect a normal range of 20-60 minutes for the upgrade and you will need to close all other programs while your upgrade is in progress.

What should I do to prepare for upgrading to El Capitan?

Before you leap into an OSX upgrade, you should get your current Mac in good shape. I recommend the following actions:

  1. Find and delete duplicate files from your computer
  2. Clean up your hard drive and remove junk from your current system
  3. Back up your files via Time Machine or an external hard drive


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