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The title pretty much says it all. I'm happy to copy folders, or use a utility. I know a lot of preferences are kept in ~/user/Library/Application Support.

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Backup your system using Time Machine.

Then you can erase the entire disk, install Lion cleanly, and just restore e.g. user accounts, but not applications.

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Interesting. I'll definitely try this next time. –  maxedison May 20 '12 at 10:41

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