Clean install = Saved serial #s

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  1. creator2456 macrumors 68000

    creator2456

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    I am in the process of completing a clean install of Leopard. At the point now where I am reinstalling some of my apps/pref panes/etc.

    Some of the apps and preference panes have retained my serial # and information even after the fresh install (all the way back to 10.5.0).

    How/why is this possible?
     
  2. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

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    Interesting.

    Did you do a clean install/ archive install/ upgrade?

    You most likely did not do the HD wipe?

    Let us know what process you applied. I will do the same thing when SL comes out and so it would be good to hear of your experiences.
     
  3. GuillaumeB macrumors 6502

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    Could you have sync'ed them OTA with MobileMe or any other data backup services?
     
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    This interests me... I was under the impression that most apps these days stored their serial numbers NOT in preferences files as to prevent easy tampering...

    I would like to do one last reinstall of Leopard and do a manual reinstall of all my files before Snow Leopard, but serials was one of my concerns (even though I have them backed up, I just don't want to type them all in again).
     
  5. creator2456 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I did a fresh install but did not format the drive beforehand. I do also backup with MobileMe, although I doubt that 3rd party serials are stored. So far I have not had to re-enter info for: Sticky Windows (pref pane), Shovebox, smcFanControl, CandyBar, iStat menus (pref pane), WeatherDock, and MenuMeters (pref pane). I'm sure I'm missing a couple that just worked after re-downloading and installing.

    My process:
    Install Leopard 10.5 from retail disc > 10.5.7 Combo Update > All other software updates > iLife '09 > Software Updates > Bring in personal documents off external HD > download/install all apps/pref panes
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Did you copy over any old preference files?

    If not, you can't have done a 100% clean install.
     
  7. creator2456 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Did not copy over anything other than word docs, music/video files, and plugin preset files for CS3.

    Popped in the Leopard disc and made sure to pick Erase and Install when I had the choice.

    Also add Audio HiJack Pro to the list of apps that had saved serial info.
     

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