5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2013 8:16 PM by mende1
irishreign4 Level 1 Level 1

I no longer have my CDs for Photoshop CS5 or Microsoft Office. Will Time Machine back up this software so that it will restore and be functional in case something happens to my MacBook?


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
Reply by mende1 on Mar 4, 2013 10:18 PM Helpful

Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

 

Time Machine may be useful to restore other type of software, but not Photoshop or Microsoft Office, if you only want to restore the app without restoring other data.

 

That's because Office and Photoshop needs some system files that can't be recovered just recovering the app, so you won't be able to open those applications after restoring them. The only workaround for this is to use Migration Assistant to restore the applications

Reply by mende1 on Mar 6, 2013 10:04 PM Helpful

Migration Assistant doesn't delete anything from the Mac you are transferring your files, so you can use it without worrying about it

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

     

    Time Machine may be useful to restore other type of software, but not Photoshop or Microsoft Office, if you only want to restore the app without restoring other data.

     

    That's because Office and Photoshop needs some system files that can't be recovered just recovering the app, so you won't be able to open those applications after restoring them. The only workaround for this is to use Migration Assistant to restore the applications

  • irishreign4 Level 1 Level 1

    mende1,

     

    Thank you for your quick reply. And for this information.

     

    It is a big help to know that I need to go to another utility to solve this problem...now I just have to get these 2 computers to see each other, at which, I have yet to be successful...but I will persevere!!

     

    I do have another question for you:

     

    In migrating the information, it is not removed from the source computer, is it? I want those programs to stay on the MacBook, which is where I always use them.

     

    Since I don't have the CDs, I don't want to mess this up and lose the use of the programs altogether!!

     

    Thanks again!!

     

    Jude

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Migration Assistant doesn't delete anything from the Mac you are transferring your files, so you can use it without worrying about it

  • irishreign4 Level 1 Level 1

    You have been such a great help. It is so appreciated!

     

    Thanks so much,

     

    Jude

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    You are welcome