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Question: Install only system from Time Capsule backup

I'm trying to set up OS X on an old computer I have for family to use as a browser only. Don't want to transfer all the data, applications, etc. Is there an easy way to do that if I set it up from a Time Capsule backup? Thanks in advance.

MacBook Air, macOS High Sierra (10.13)

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Nov 15, 2017 1:18 PM in response to patricksgolden In response to patricksgolden

No.. if you do a setup assistant from recovery it will load the entire backup.

It is fairly easy to then create a new user.. set it as admin.. and delete your original admin user.. and all the files associated with it. You can also easily just delete any apps you don't want people to use.

Of course it has to all fit on the hard disk.. and if the disk is too small that will be hard.


Remember too, this must the same or very similar computer.. and it causes issues if you still have the same computer on the network.. I think you should just clean install from downloaded OS.. as long as you downloaded the earlier OS in past you can still download the OS again if you didn't keep a copy of it. What OS are you after? Did you previously download it?

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Nov 15, 2017 1:34 PM in response to patricksgolden In response to patricksgolden

The previous OS is available even if you did not save it.. MOSTLY!!


Simply sign into the Apple store.. and go to your purchases (even though it is free.. apple keep it on the list).


I have all the OS I downloaded since Mountain Lion.. except Sierra.. I never downloaded Lion so it is not available. Not sure why Sierra isn't there.. but I made a USB install disk.. which I labeled.. it seems now it is a good idea to save what you download.


A short hunt reveals Apple has now stopped people being able to access their old downloads.


https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/26/macos-sierra-decoupled-from-apple-id/


I won't reproduce it here.. but there is a direct link to get Sierra which still works.. from poster no2 below the article.

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Nov 15, 2017 1:18 PM in response to patricksgolden In response to patricksgolden

No.. if you do a setup assistant from recovery it will load the entire backup.

It is fairly easy to then create a new user.. set it as admin.. and delete your original admin user.. and all the files associated with it. You can also easily just delete any apps you don't want people to use.

Of course it has to all fit on the hard disk.. and if the disk is too small that will be hard.


Remember too, this must the same or very similar computer.. and it causes issues if you still have the same computer on the network.. I think you should just clean install from downloaded OS.. as long as you downloaded the earlier OS in past you can still download the OS again if you didn't keep a copy of it. What OS are you after? Did you previously download it?

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Nov 15, 2017 1:17 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

It's running 10.12 (Sierra), but I'm not sure if the download is still available with that one (I didn't make an install disk when updating it).


I like the idea of setting up a new admin user and deleting the old one. Thanks!

Nov 15, 2017 1:17 PM

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Nov 15, 2017 1:34 PM in response to patricksgolden In response to patricksgolden

The previous OS is available even if you did not save it.. MOSTLY!!


Simply sign into the Apple store.. and go to your purchases (even though it is free.. apple keep it on the list).


I have all the OS I downloaded since Mountain Lion.. except Sierra.. I never downloaded Lion so it is not available. Not sure why Sierra isn't there.. but I made a USB install disk.. which I labeled.. it seems now it is a good idea to save what you download.


A short hunt reveals Apple has now stopped people being able to access their old downloads.


https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/26/macos-sierra-decoupled-from-apple-id/


I won't reproduce it here.. but there is a direct link to get Sierra which still works.. from poster no2 below the article.

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