Originally Posted by oldmacs
..... When I do a clean Install, I manually back everything up, then I wipe the hard drive and reinstall. I then manually copy my stuff back over (Desktop folder,
Documents folder etc etc) I don't copy stuff from my library over (besides iOS backups)
Most of the problems occur with or without software installed. Installing software does slow the system down a bit but doesn't invoke issues that were there before installing them (If that makes sense)
A lot of the applications I have are app store ones or ones that you drag in to the applications folder, though I guess some probably do use the Library. However regardless pretty much all of them have been updated for mavericks any way. I haven't fiddled with the finder or installed anything funny at all.
May I ask how many objects i.e. folders, files, etc. that you keep on your desktop? You mentioned you "copied over the Desktop folder", which isn't advised to do really.
I ask because I ran into an odd problem on one of my Macs when I did a "simple upgrade" to test the most common upgrade procedure that most people do. I personally recommend always fresh installing major upgrades.
Anyway... I ran into a looping Finder crash, meaning that the Finder was continually blinking on and off every few seconds. I noticed that on this machine I had a number of data files (PDFs, screen shots, web locs, and assorted pictures for a project) on the desktop... something I generally don't do or advise others to do, or at least allow to accumulate without properly filing them in a folder and then using aliases if you need them to be easily accessible or as a reminder from the desktop.
I fixed the problem by pulling all of the files from the desktop, including aliases, into a folder on my data drive, then did a restart and PRAM reset (cmd-R alt-P) 3 times in succession (something to do with clicking of heals, a wizard, and home... don't ask... just works for me
) After the restart, everything worked perfectly fine, no more crash loop.
I was able to reconstruct the Finder Crash just by dragging the old contents back to the desktop. I didn't have the time to varify exactly which file, folder or alias was the main culprit. I just decided to keep to my normal disciplined approach by not filling up the Finder desktop. It's kind of an "old guys" reasoning, because normally the Finder and the Trash are far more forgiving these days than they used to be. Corrupted desktops used to be one of the first things we checked... after we made sure the computer was actually plugged in