Joe Kissell has been making it easy to upgrade from one Mac OS version to the other for some time now. In Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan, he continues the tradition by discussing all the pre-upgrade work you need to do, what software needs to be updated, and why some software won’t function post-upgrade. Joe also explains why, in spite of your best efforts, there could be a hiccup or two, and how to find out what’s causing them. A little effort now will pay off in the long run; follow Joe’s advice and you won’t miss a beat, no matter what version of OS X you are upgrading from.
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Joe Kissell is the author of over two dozen Take Control ebooks, as well as a host of print books. He is a senior editor for TidBITS, and a Senior Contributor to Macworld. Keep up with him if you can on his personal blog, JoeKissell.com, and on Twitter.
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