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I want to upgrade 10.4.1on Mid 2007 i Mac.

(1) Please confirm that first I hold the C key down to boot from 10.6 DVD supplied to customer from Apple for this purpose (along with memory to add).

(2) Please provide instructions with screen shots if possible on how to (a) Run Disk Utilities First Aid probably why still under 10.4.1. ie provide the full path name

(3) Most importantly please
(a) Confirm that I boot from the 10.6 DUD by holding the C key down at boot
(b) step by step instructions with screen shots preferred on how to get to the Archive and Install Menu and also check the box for Preserve user and Network settings as this is crucial.

(4) My customer may have forgot her admin password entered at first boot. How do I get to the utility on the 10.6 DVD to reset the admin password as it must be entered to do the upgrade.
I mean the password entered at first boot of the mid-2007 iMAC.

Regards,
   Mike
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Please answer questions above in as detailed a manner as possible with screen shots preferred. I have not fixed a MAC in a long time and obviously have forgot some of the basics.

Mike
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Eoin OSullivan earned 500 total points
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1)  Holding down the C key forces OSX to boot from the CD/DVD drive.  You don't need to do this however if you simply boot into OSX10.4, insert the DVD it should appear on the desktop .. you can open the disc folder and double click the installer .. it will reboot and begin the install process.

2) The Disk Utilities application is located in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder in OSX .. you can repair file and folder permissions at any time.  To actually check and repair any drive errors you need to boot from the DVD you can run a HD Repair.  On the first screen of the Install process .. you'll see a UTILITIES button on the bottom left of the window.. this opens Disk Utility on the DVD and allows you to run the HD repair.
http://www.macworld.com/article/1142454/install_snow_leopard.html

3) a) See point 1 above
3) b) On OSX 10.6 it does not have an option called "Archive & Install" it is just an Upgrade so you do not have to do anything in particular to preserve user and network settings.  The Installer ASSUMES that you want to retain these.
Here is a clear walk-through the installation process
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10330504-263.html

4)  To reset the Password ... boot the iMac from that install DVD and select the reset password option from the Utilities menu - described here
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1274
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