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OS X Mavericks was released immediately following the Apple event on the 22nd October 2013. The big surprise was that it's a free download and available to download to an Mac that can access the Mac App Store.

Although it should be a relatively simple and painless process for most people, it might be worth reviewing the tutorial to familiarise yourself with the steps involved.

If you want to do anything over and above the standard upgrade install, the tutorial gives you some hints and tips on doing a fresh install and creating a bootable install disk.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Introduction
  • Standard Installation
  • Fresh Install Considerations
  • Creating A USB Installer
  • Fresh Installation Process
  • Using Migration Assistant

Video Tutorial Comments

(4 comments posted)

Chris Brown

Super-fast built-in free way to create a USB installer or to copy the installer to any mounted Hard Drive:

Terminal command:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath "/Applications/Install OS X Mavericks.app"

(Where /Volumes/Untitled refers to a mounted volume (USB or HDD) with a volume name of "Untitled". Change the command to suit any other volume name if needed.)

Katherine Wendt

LionDiskMaker was pulled by the developer 10/26/13 due to bugs. He says he's working furiously to fix and hopes to have something by next week.

Raphael Molina

1. After the fresh install, are you deleting the admin account you created beforehand?
2. Is it more secure to use a standard account rather than an admin account for everydays tasks?


1 - I tend not to delete the Admin account - it's useful for testing.

2 - In theory, you should use a Standard Account for everyday tasks and general logins. I have to admit to setting up my personal account as an Admin account!

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