Should I fix my old MacBook or upgrade to a new MacBook Air?

MacBook Air

Episode 1180

Mike from Raleigh, NC

Mike called to ask Leo if he should put any money into his five year old MacBook or just upgrade. Leo says that it's high time to upgrade to a new Mac since he's going to want to move forward with Yosemite. If he can afford a new one, that's the best option. The connectors of a laptop can start going out after that time.

When should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Episode 1173

Roy from Denver, CO

Roy bought Windows 7 for his new laptop. He hears that he will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but why would he do that since he walked away from Windows 8? Leo says that Microsoft has made a lot of fixes to Windows that make it more like what it was before Windows 8's radical redesign. Users with Windows 7 and 8 will be able to upgrade for free. Leo says that Windows 10, which he has been using, has made major strides. That being said, he shouldn't feel the need to upgrade right away. He can wait a few months after it launches.

How can I transfer my data and applications from my old computer to a new one?

Episode 1168

David from Burbank, CA

David has a Windows 7 Professional Machine and he's about to upgrade his computer. He wants to migrate everything over. Leo says that there is a Windows Migration Assistant, which is currently entitled Windows Easy Transfer. When he runs that, and it'll walk him through it by connecting both computers via Ethernet.

Should I be afraid to upgrade to OS X Yosemite?

Episode 1167

Vicki from Anaheim, CA

Vicki keeps getting notified about doing an upgrade to Yosemite. But being a private investigator, she's afraid to upgrade because it could break the software she uses. Leo says that's a legitimate fear. In general, if she's doing work on it, it's good to always be slow in performing major updates. She could consider doing it in between cases or while on vacation, perhaps. A major upgrade like that can break her software, or with a utility like iDVD, Apple may decide not to support it any longer and not include it in the next version of the operating system.

Why can't I open my files in OS X Yosemite?

OS X Yosemite

Episode 1147

Marilyn from Dana Point, CA

Marilyn has a 4 year old Mac laptop running Yosemite and she's having trouble with her account. She can't open anything. Leo says that's because she needs to update all of her apps now. She says she tried that, but she can't get them to update. Leo says she needs to be an Admin to update software.

The chatroom says that there may be two copies of the software on the hard drive since the app store doesn't update the old version, it just installs a new version. If so, she may not be opening the right version. So Marilyn should remove the old version of the software.