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How do I retrieve iMessage software on Mountain Lion?

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Jan 23, 2013 11:18 PM

I seem to have deleted iMessage by accident through AppDelete. How do I retrieve the software?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:21 PM (in response to JL9283)

    First, reinstall OS X 10.8.2 >


    If it doesn't work, press Command and R keys while your Mac is starting and reinstall OS X, so you won't lose any files.


    Finally, you shouldn't use cleaning apps to remove applications. They can damage OS X, so you will have to reinstall OS X if it damages the operating system

  • Chocolame Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:23 PM (in response to JL9283)

    The Messages application is part of the operating system.


    Open Disk Utility via the spotlight in the top right.


    Select "Mac HD" and verify it. Then repair it and that should fix it. If not then you will have to archive and reinstall the operating system.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    That won't work. Disk Utility's Repair feature only works to repair the filesystem if the hard drive appears as damaged

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to JL9283)

    You won't lose anything reinstalling the operating system, but first, try to reinstall 10.8.2 only using the link I gave you on my first comment

  • Chocolame Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to mende1)

    I thought verifying the OS and it seeing part of it missing would give the option to repair, if that's in fact not the case, I apologize. Good to know @mende1.


    If this isn't the case ^ then yes, the supplemental update as first step or reinstall via recovery.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)



    To be strictly correct it is an Apple App that comes with the OS and is Updated at various times but when the OS is updated.


    As an example Messages was at version 7.0 in OS X 10.8 and 10.8.1 but in OS X 10.8.2 it was updated to version 7.0.1


    However it does have to be in the Applications folder (And not in any sub-folder within that) to get updated.

    I have heard of people creating a  "Messaging" folder and putting Skype, MSN, Yahoo and the Messages app in the folder and the Updater cannot see it.


    Messages as a whole consists of the app itself and several support frameworks on the "System" side of the Hard Drive.

    If you have Time Machine and removed just the app then if it is Up-to Date you can restore it from the Time Machine Back up.

    In some cases you can get and Older version then "Run the COMBO" as has been said to update it before launching the app.


    Tools that specifically remove apps are likely to also remove the support structure and will not work via this method.



    10:14 PM      Thursday; January 24, 2013

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