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Deleted Safari... now it won't let me re install??

3455 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2008 6:13 AM by Dan Owen RSS
Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Jun 11, 2008 10:40 PM
I deleted Safari and all it's preferences / metadata and then downloaded Safari 3.1.1 from the Apple site. I repaired permissions and ran the install package but when I try and install Safari on the hard drive the hard drive has a red exclamation mark and says

"You cannot install Safari on this volume. This update requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or newer".

Thing is that I'm running 10.5.3.

Any ideas?? I'm stuck.

Many thanks
MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Jon/Tokyo Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jun 12, 2008 12:08 AM (in response to Dan Owen)
    Can you use Time Machine to simply get Safari back? Then install the latest version on top.

    And why on earth would you delete it anyway?? By installing the latest, your Mac does that for you.
    Alu iMac 2.0, 3 GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBA 1.6/80
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Jun 12, 2008 4:52 AM (in response to Dan Owen)
    You can try installing from the installer dvd then upgrading it via software update.

    MacPro 2.66 GHZ (5GB), 30" Samsung 305T, iPod Nano 8GB, iPod Video 60GB, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iPhone 8GB
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
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    Jun 15, 2008 10:15 AM (in response to Dan Owen)
    It is not "just a browser", it is an integral part of the operations of a mac computer. You don't have to use it as your default browser, but you do not delete it. Apple warns one not to delete or move any Apple installed apps... for a good reason. Also, apple apps once deleted are not updated by updates unless one goes back and reinstalls. You might try an OS combo update or do the simple thing and reinstall from the OS disc that accompanied your MBA and then update via an OS combo update intall

    Did you back up your computer before you did your deletion? If so, pull the Safari app and copy it back to your computer.

    Never delete an app just because you have trouble with caches or preferences. The app is separate from those files. The app resides in the Applications folder, the preferences and caches reside in the user folder. Preferences and caches can be safely deleted to repair problems one is having with any application; deleting the app itself is not safe as you have already discovered.

    Remember in the future that the application is not your user preferences and caches.

    Message was edited by: Rhyd
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  • Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Jun 15, 2008 10:40 AM (in response to Dan Owen)
    Just rerun the Leopard installer DVD you have. It will check all the needed system components and reinstall the missing items. When you're done, Safari will be back. You may then need to run Software Update to get the latest version.

    The reinstall will go quickly, since it doesn't reinstall everything. If for some reason the match/replace process doesn't work out, Archive & Install will (but will toast some apps like Adobe Creative Suite, that will have to be reinstalled).

    You can also just insert the Leopard DVD in your Mac and when it opens its window on the Desktop, select and run the Optional Installs package. This will allow you to install ONLY Safari. When you're done, you'll still need to download/rerun the Combo Updater for Leopard to get all its pieces back up to date.
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  • Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Jun 16, 2008 10:31 AM (in response to Dan Owen)
    On the Mac you've inserted the MacBook Air installer disk into, you should also assure you've turned on DVD/CD sharing in System Preferences. Do this:

    1. Open System Preferences on the Mac with the DVD drive
    2. Select the Sharing Control Panel.
    3. Turn on DVD or CD Sharing by clicking in the box on the left
    4. Insert the MacBook Air installer disk into the DVD drive
    5. Go to the MacBook Air and open a Finder window
    6. In the Sidebar on the left side of the window, click on Remote Disc
    7. The Disc will mount on the MacBook Air's Desktop (you may need to click on an Authorize button on the Mac with the DVD drive)
    8. Once authorized, the contents of the mounted installer disk will appear in the window. Click on the Optional Installs folder and double click on the Optional Installs package.
    9. Once the installer starts, click on the triangle to the left of Applications, then check the Safari box below.
    10. Click on Continue.

    When the installation is finished, don't forget to turn off DVD Sharing on the Mac with the DVD drive. Also, you'll have to download the Combo Updater at Apple to assure all the needed Safari components are reinstalled. Get that at:

    You could try just the Safari 3.1.1 updater, but if you manually deleted some key components, that may not be enough.

    Good luck.
    2.8GHz 24" iMac w/4GB RAM/750GB HD, 1.8GHz MacBook Air/80GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5.3)


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