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airport utility application removal

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macfrombrampton Calculating status...
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Jun 20, 2013 8:00 PM

the airport utility application is only used to manage Airport WIFI devices or possible other WIFI routers.

 

Why is it the airport utility  cannot be removed from the Mountain lion system. "Airport Utility App can't be modified or deleted because it is a required by the Mac OS X".

 

This is very strange as it only functions as a management application for WIFI and is not required to manage the WIFI devices?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,215 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 8:20 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    The OS prevents you from removing the built-in applications because there's no easy way to reinstall them.  Removal is also prevented I'm sure because people accidentally delete built-in applications and then contact AppleCare (or the forums) for help.

     

    Why do you need to delete it?

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jun 21, 2013 9:09 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    macfrombrampton wrote:

     

    the airport utility application is only used to manage Airport WIFI devices ...

     

    It does more than that. AU is also used to communicate with the base stations so as to inform a client when a base station is in need of attention.

     

    ... or possible other WIFI routers.


    AirPort Utility cannot communicate with third party routers.

     

    There may be additional reasons that AU is an essential OS X component, but they are known only to Apple.

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  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,660 points)
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    Jun 22, 2013 12:16 AM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    Although you cannot remove it.. you can add an older version utility.

     

    How to load 5.6 into ML.

     

    1. Download 5.6 for Lion.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1482

    Click to open the dmg but do not attempt to install the pkg.. it won't work anyway.

     

     

    2. Download and install unpkg.

    http://www.timdoug.com/unpkg/

     

     

    Run unpkg on the desktop.. it is very simple.. drag the AirPortUtility56.pkg file over to unpkg.. and it will create a new directory of the same name on the desktop.. drill down.. applications utilities .. there lo and behold is Airport utility 5.6 .. drag it to your main utilities directory or just run it from current location.

     

     

    You cannot uninstall 6.1 (now 6.2 if you updated) so don't try.. and you cannot or should not run them both at the same time.. so just ignore the toyland version.. the plastic hammer.. and start using 5.6.. a real tool.

     

    For screen shots see this post.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4668746?tstart=0

     

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    I thought I answered that macfrombrampton. It's an essential OS X component, and discussing the reasons essential components cannot be removed is pointless.

     

    You can't remove iCloud or AirPort Utility. You can't remove FaceTime, Preview, Photo Booth, Font Book, or Boot Camp Assistant either. You can only choose not to use them.

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