How to recover deleted System Preferences on Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrishanna22, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    In deleting 40GB of stuff that I longer needed for my Mac, I deleted System Preferences...
    1. I tried StellarPhoenix (deleted files recovery program) to no avail.
    2. I updated my MacBook to the lastest OS (10.6.8) & the problem wasn't resolved.
    3. I tried using Bluetooth & then a USB to place the System Preferences on one my Macs to the one that it is missing on... This didn't work, because the Mac that has System Preferences is on Leopard, and the one that it is missing on is on Snow Leopard... The Leopard system preferences doesn't function on the newer OS I guess.
    4. Some people recommend using the installation DVD to recover it somehow but that's been long lost.

    When I update to Lion, will it be recovered somehow? Is that my only choice?

    PS I'm pretty stupid when it comes to computers so I apologize upfront if anything I've written above does not make sense.
     
  2. -aggie-, Jun 28, 2011
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    Use Pacifist to extract the app from your Mac OS X install disk.

    Edit: Missed the part about losing the install disk.

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  3. simsaladimbamba, Jun 28, 2011
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    This is the System Preferences application from Mac OS X 10.6.8.
    Fixed link
     
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    Yup :) Thanks anyways for your time.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I found a fix !!

    Hello Everyone,

    I have also deleted the 'System Preferences' Application and I have finally found a fix. This fix is very simple but it works. Here are the steps to re-installing it. If you have a second mac with the same operating system then great, if not just go to the nearest Apple Store.

    1.) Open a new Finder window.
    2.) On the left hand side of the window there is a tab labeled 'FAVORITES' under this tab there is the Application 'AirDrop'.
    3.) Open this app.
    4.) On the second Mac repeat steps 1-3.
    5.) [second Mac] Go to the applications and drag the 'System Preferences' over to the 'AirDrop' window, hover it over the first Mac and drop. You should get a message asking if you would like to send this over to "XYZ's Computer" hit accept.
    6.) [first Mac] On the first Mac accept the file and open it.
     
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    Your solution doesn't work unless you have access to another Mac with the same OS, and Snow Leopard is no longer available for sale in any Apple store. Note that this thread is a year old, and the OP had Snow Leopard installed, which doesn't include AirDrop and not all Macs that can run Lion will support AirDrop. Also, AirDrop is not required to transfer files between Macs. Dropbox, email, network file sharing and many other solutions will work, as well.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Re: Ggj

    Sorry didn't realize that I was just excited when I found a solution for my issue.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    I know this is quite old now but could you please post the system preference application for 10.6.8 again?? Really need it now since I accidentally deleted mine and I do not have another mac....:(:(
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Here you go (500 KB .zip file).
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much!!:):):):):)
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    please help!

    I have the same problem but with leopard unfortunately snow leopard version wont fix it can someone please post the version my cd drive is broken want to fix it for my daughter:confused:
     
  13. macrumors 68020

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    1. How are you all "accidentally" deleting System Preferences?

    2. Why do you have no backup?

    3. You need to have an installer disk (or recovery partition) so you can reinstall your OS; run Disk Utility on your main internal volume; perform other emergency troubleshooting. If you don't have access to a working disk or drive, then THAT is your major problem, not a lack of one app. (As well as no backup.)

    4. Don't accept system files from strange men on the internet. You don't know where they've been. (The files, not the men.:D)
     
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    You can restore them from your OS X install disc.
     
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    Great idea!
     
  17. Boxnwhit, Sep 8, 2014
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    Need help, I'm started to believe my daughter may have deleted the system preferences on her profile. Tried just creating a new profile for her and still have no access. I do have access to it on my main admin account but can't on any other profile. It shows as available in the top file bar but when clicked does nothing? Running 10.2.8 and no I don't have the install disk :( Any help is greatly appreciated , thanks!
     
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    Hey guys I gatta say thaaanksssss, you saved my arrss. Now what about deleted Utilities (all of them) 10.6.8 can get to disk utilities to do anything stytem is working fine otherwise other than my keyboard cant spell.
     
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    Time Machine would only help you in the future.
     

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