System Preferences Application gone

Discussion in 'OS X' started by joelle, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    My System Preferences is gone. I definitely did not delete it so I can't understand where it has gone. Nonetheless, I'm traveling at the moment and won't have access to my installation discs for 9 more months. Can anyone help me figure out how to get it back, or get a new one? Do I just need the SystemPreferences.App file? I'm running version 10.5.5.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I'd imagine you'd just need the app. Normally I'd recommend an archive and install but since you don't have access to the disk I really don't know what to do. Are you sure you didn't accidentally move it somewhere? Does it work if you choose "System Preferences" from the Apple menu?

    One thing you should try is reinstalling 10.5.5 using the combo updater, that may reinstall the app. If not see if you can get it off someone else's Mac or if there's an Apple Store nearby, go to the genius bar and explain the situation.

    Beyond that I have no ideas.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    I have searched for the file on my hard drive and can't find it. It doesn't work from the apple menu either. I don't use my mac for much more than internet and skype so unless I was sleepwalking, I don't know when that file would have disappeared.

    Downloaded the combo update but it didn't help. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    I'll try to find a store in Melbourne and see what they have to say.

    In the meantime, if anyone else has a Macbook, running 10.5.5 and can email it to me, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    can someone email me the system preference application, it just disapeared and i can not open it anymore.
  5. macrumors member

    May 27, 2007
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    anyone has the system ?

    Hi there,

    I'm trying to resolve this same situation for a friend who has a macbook 10.4.11 -- and apparently she never knew that it was abnormal to never have a System Preferences from the very beginning when she got her mac.

    Anyhow, would any of you happen to be able to email or attach or upload the system ??

    Thanks so much!
  7. macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2009
    try updating your computer. 10.5.8 is out for leopard, maybe that will fix it.
  8. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    What do you mean by "gone" ? Not in the Dock, or not in /Applications?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Can I assume you did a Spotlight search for the app? This might reveal where it scooted away to.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    I just found mine in my Applications folder!! I didn't expect it to be there and suspect it's not supposed to be there so I've been googling for the proper location.

    Does anyone know where it's supposed to be? It's in my user Applications folder.
  11. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    It is supposed to be in the Applications folder. It's an application, right?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    That is exactly where it should be in my experience. Enjoy.
  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    Right!. I just discovered I was confusing "System" with its preferences file. Now I gotta figure out why certain settings are not "sticking". I found this post so I'm going to try the Safe Mode reboot/Disk Utilities/Launch System Preferences suggestion:

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