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Selective reinstall of software?

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Selective reinstall of software?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    May 8, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to rstg)

    What software?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,540 points)
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    May 8, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to rstg)

    Would you please expand on your query?

     

    Ciao.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,175 points)
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    May 8, 2012 1:39 PM (in response to rstg)

    Only if done manually with the installers included with the software. Migration Assistant or Setup Assistant are an all-or-nothing deal.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    May 9, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to rstg)

    Might I suggest that you may have other issues with your system installation. You might want to consider a non-destructive reinstallation:

     

    Reinstall OS X without erasing the drive

     

    Do the following:

     

    1. Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions

     

    Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list.  In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive.  If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer.

     

    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior and/or Tech Tool Pro to repair the drive. If you don't have either of them or if neither of them can fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X.

     

    2. Reinstall Snow Leopard

     

    If the drive is OK then quit DU and return to the installer.  Proceed with reinstalling OS X.  Note that the Snow Leopard installer will not erase your drive or disturb your files.  After installing a fresh copy of OS X the installer will move your Home folder, third-party applications, support items, and network preferences into the newly installed system.

     

    Download and install the Combo Updater for the version you prefer from support.apple.com/downloads/.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    May 9, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to rstg)

    DW does not repair permissions. It can't hurt anything to repair the drive again using DU just to be sure.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    May 9, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to rstg)

    Glad I could help.

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