1111 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 6, 2009 6:09 AM by Graham K. Rogers
Well, basically, an Archive and Install puts on a new OS and wipes the former installation, BUT there should be a folder on your desktop that refers to the OLD OS X. Some of the information you want may be in there (for example in Library folders), but it may not be that easy to retrieve and use again.
That "program" that takes you back is called Time Machine and it part of Leopard, but you have to set it up and use it to be able to take advantage of it: either individual files, folders or applications can be retrieved quite easily if set up with an external disk.
So, if I understand your current predicament right, you will not be able to go back (unless you were using Time Machine) and all you can do is to retrieve certain settings files if they are still available; but this in itself may be a risky task.