If you use an Apple Macbook, Mac Mini, iMac or MacPro, you will want to be prepared for the launch of an upcoming major release to the OSX operating system. As it always happens with the launch of any new operating system or a revised version of an existing one, bugs and several other issues are just about guaranteed. Moreover, because of fresh and innovative software technologies, you can also prepare yourself for experiencing some incompatibility issues with the software applications already installed in your Mac system. While the uber-geeks somehow manage to deal with such issues easily, it is the casual users who need to continue reading further and prepare themselves for the release of Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

As you still have some time to investigate and prepare in a well-measured and informed manner, there are some initial steps that you need to follow:

The first and the easiest thing to do for preparing yourself for the new OS X upgrade is to check whether or not your MAC model is compatible with the new upgrade. Though Apple hasn’t officially released any information regarding the hardware compatibility, some early implications indicate that any system running on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is likely to be compatible with Mavericks.

The next thing you need to look into is the exact model and configuration of your MAC system, by exploring the “About this MAC” panel, which can be easily reached through the Apple menu. It requires clicking the “MORE INFO” button for viewing the detailed information and specifications such as Processor type and speed, memory, graphics, and the exact version of the software on the MAC.

Once the hardware and software specifications present a virtual green light for proceeding further with the upgrade, you need to fix all the current problems and issues, especially slowdowns, trouble with storage drives, and persistent crashes, which you surely don’t wish to carry over to the upgraded version. For this, you need to explore the “UTILITIES” panel via “GO” and launch the “DISK UTILITY” program. In the new window, click “FIRST AID” and then click “VERIFY DISK” to know the condition of your disk. If the program suggests the option of “Repair”, make sure you back up your data before proceeding.

Last, but not the least; you need to update the software and firmware of your MAC machine. Though it is not officially confirmed yet, it is likely that the minimum operating system required for upgrading to Mavericks would be 10.6 Snow Leopard Final, 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion. If you are running an older version, it would be advisable to upgrade to Mountain Lion; however, if Mountain Lion is already powering your device, installing every software update before the release of Mavericks would be a wise move. You can stay up to date by keeping a wary eye on “SOFTWARE UPDATES” entries in the “SYSTEM PREFERENCE” panel.

Though there is still some time left in the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, this would be an ideal time to start preparing for the initial roll-out and ensure a hassle-free, successful system upgrade.