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How to reinstall System Preferences Application?

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ricardoLB Calculating status...
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Oct 26, 2011 6:50 PM

I was updating my desktop picture using System Preferences and system froze. I, then selected Force Quit which stopped the application.

Now, every time I try to access this application, I return to the frozen screen and I am not able to use any options on System Preferences,

even after restarting the MacBook Air.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,105 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 6:59 PM (in response to ricardoLB)

    Try re-installing the Combo

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,375 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 7:01 PM (in response to ricardoLB)

    Launch the Console application and enter "System Preferences" (without the quotes) in the filtering box. Click the "Clear Display" icon in the toolbar. Launch System Preferences. If it still freezes, post any messages that appear in the Console window. You can then quit Console.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,375 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 7:02 PM (in response to ricardoLB)

    Reinstalling almost certainly won't help.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,375 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 7:51 PM (in response to ricardoLB)

    In the Finder, hold down the option key and select Go > Library from the menu bar. From the folder that opens, move the following items to the Desktop:

     

    Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

    Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist
    Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.blah-blah-blah.plist
      
    Try again to launch System Preferences. If it still won't open, you can put those files back where they came from, replacing the newer ones that may have been created.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:06 AM (in response to ricardoLB)

    They are surely there.

    Are you in the /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences folder?

    Hold the option key on your "Go" menu to reveal  /Users/yourname/Library/

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,375 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 8:34 AM (in response to ricardoLB)

    When GO does not show the LIBRARY folder.

     

    In the Finder, hold down the option key and select Go > Library from the menu bar.

  • K9BO Calculating status...
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    Oct 27, 2011 10:24 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Ok I was having the same problem and I did what you said and it fixed it. Now my question is do I delete the files I moved to my desktop or what? After it fixed my issue I put them back into the library and my problem occured agian. I just want to make sure I can delete these files before I do!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,375 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 10:46 AM (in response to K9BO)

    Yes, you can delete them.

  • K9BO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 11:14 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Thanks this problem has been hounding me for 3 weeks. Much appreciated!

  • pau61 Calculating status...

    Hi

    I have almost the same pb, except that I can't open date and time

    I went out of power, and when I start my computer my clock is working erraticaly, I was always able to change it except for now

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