1. Alexis says


    I did this and it completely screwed up my Snow Leopard settings…

    Lion was too slow and buggy from the external I had it on…could have been the external device but I decided I was going to go back to what I knew…so that my work flow could stay the same…but NO OH NO…my dock was messed up and still isn’t back to the way I had it…half of my auto start apps were messed up and my System Preferences…FORGET ABOUT IT! they were destroyed

    so do this with caution…and make a fresh new Carbon Copy Clone or your preferred cloning that if it messes anything up you can go directly back to where you were…granted I had backups but they were not like a Carbon Copy Clone back up where I can just put it all back just as it was…so I had to just try to fix it or deal with the changes that Lion made to my Home folder…and something is now wonky with my Applications folder within my Home Folder…very strange…must be how Lion deals with Applications…but it was not cute for use with SL

    You have been warned…this may not happen to you but you were warned by me

    MacBook Pro 2.8Ghz 2009 8GB ram and 1.5 TB internal HDD (2 internals-1TB & 500GB) (home on 1TB with OS)

    have a great day

  2. Alexis says

    PS…upon reflection I did not use the same username, short name and password for the Lion User account…so that may have caused some issue but it shouldn’t have

  3. Greg says

    Doing this with previous versions of the OS have jacked home folders to the point where it can prevent a user from logging in among other things. Even if you only change the location of the folder, using two different systems with different features/versions all that jazz can cause some issues.

    Think of opening a word 98 doc in office 2011, saving it as a .docx and trying to open it again in word 98. That’s what is going to happen to your .plist files, not necessarily making them completely unreadable but throwing in/changing strings that the other OS version relies on. Maybe not all at once, but as functions are accessed. Worst case really is that ~/Library has to be trashed in safe-boot and if you don’t have a backup you lose it. Just trying to give some food for thought about something that I’ve had to repair for people over, and over, and over again. :-)

    *Awesome tip about the advanced prefs for users, it has quite a number of other applicable uses I’m sure your readers will discover as well!


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