Reinstalling OSX 10.8 (First Time Questions)

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by larry918, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    Hi all.

    In all my years of owning a mac, I've never reinstalled the OS, which is why I'm a bit concerned my first time (I'm having a weird login screen flicker issue which I think is software related).

    So to make sure - does the solution described in this article: change the system's settings but keep my user data?

    Also - when Mavericks rolls out (and I plan on buying it), will installing it essentially have the same procedure as reinstalling the OS?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Generally, reinstalling the OS by default keeps your user data, settings and apps intact.

    However, if anything goes wrong, you've always got a backup, haven't you? :D
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    Backups? What is this foreign concept? xD I just want to make sure that the system settings are completely restored to their defaults. Wouldn't want to waste an afternoon installing OSX 10.8 just for waste.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    By "defaults", do you mean the original settings when the Mac was new?
    No, it doesn't. A standard install MAINTAINS ALL your user/computer preferences and settings.

    If you don't want that, then you should erase before doing the install. Then you'll have to restore selectively from your ha-ha backup.

    However: what are you trying to achieve by reinstalling? Reinstallation is rarely necessary, and there are often other methods to sort out problematic disks.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    As I said above, my computer has this weird login flicker issue. I can attach a picture if you like.
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    Yes, please. That would be useful. If you have not done so already please backup your personal files as well. I find that reinstalling the OS is a painless process (just lots of waiting) but your Mac will be back up and running in no time.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    Sorry for the quality, but it happens at random and this was the best I could do.

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