Does time machine backup apps and all settings?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    I want to backup my mac entirely and be able to drop it on to a fresh install with all settings and apps in tact. Is time machine capable of this?
  2. jbarley, Jan 27, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015

    jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Yes in your case, after your fresh install, run migration assistant and point it to your TM backup.
    The main problem with this is if you are not careful you can end up bringing back a lot of the 'cruft' that led you to want a fresh install in the first place.

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