Clean install and restore apps etc ?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ZeeDD, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. ZeeDD macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm sorry to ask something like that, but I really don't know how to do that...

    I would like to do a clean install of Mavericks on my MBA mid 2013. No problem with that part of the process.

    My question is: After that clean install, is there a way to restore all apps, settings, etc... from my actual Mavericks install, to that fresh and clean install ? I don't want to re-download all my apps etc...

    I have a time machine backup, but I don't know if I can do that kind of thing with TM, or if I need to use migration assistant or another software ?

    Thanks a lot for the help !

    Franck
     
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    After your clean install, you can use Migration Assistant to restore from your Time Machine.
     
  3. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    If you do so, the install is no longer "clean"...

    A "clean" install is : installing the OS, then installing the apps, then importing your data, and no importing your settings.
     
  4. ZeeDD thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, to be more clear: I would like to do a "selective" app install. I mean to just installing some apps that I want to keep, and not installing others that I never use. Not restoring all the system like a TM restore.

    Hope that I'm clear...
     
  5. navodwickra macrumors 6502

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    You can do that via migration assistant. Use a time machine backup to do that. I never restore the system settings though. You can select the apps you want to restore.
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yep. Use Migration Assistant and your Time Machine.
     
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    You cannot selectively move apps in with Migration Assistant. There is a checkbox for Applications, and that's it. So it is all or nothing as far as apps in Migration Assistant.

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  9. Broph macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to hijack this a bit, but I have a similar question…

    My plan would be to do a clean install, and then selectively restore applications I wanted from my old downloads folder from Time Machine, to my new downloads folder. I would then install them (as all the installers are in the downloads folder). I wouldn't have any troubles with this, right?
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes, that would work fine. Just manually copy the installer from the TM backup to the drive then run the installer.
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I don't see any reason why you would have any trouble.
     
  12. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    Would it be easier to delete all the unwanted apps, etc. from your existing installation, then do another TM backup?
     
  13. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    It would be even easier to delete the unwanted apps and just upgrade instead of clean install.

     

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