Full Clean Install - Application Folder?

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  1. VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, gearing up for a dreaded full erase and clean install to clear up some niggling problems that I can't track down.....

    It's not really something I'm wanting to do, but I want to clear them before el capitan comes marching through.

    SO, the big question is, is there value in reinstalling software from installers vs dragging from backup?
    I'd be annoyed to lose custom settings in so many of them (and just the general hassle)...but if I must I must...

    Anyone offer thoughts on this?
     
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    Well, I have done it both ways and I honestly did not notice any difference using either method. One was not superior to the other, in my experience. So, I would say, save yourself a load of time and frustration and just "drag from backup".
     
  3. ricede macrumors regular

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    Any application that comes with its own installer - i.e. Photoshop / Toast / Word etc put files all over the Harddrive, sometimes in obscure places, so it can be hard to find them when necessary. Its best to reinstall these apps from scratch & then restore their preference files from ~/library/preferences. That will at least allow you to keep most of your settings.

    Any file that one just unzips & then drags to the Application folder can easily be got from the Applications folder of your backup. Again you can restore their preference files from backup to get your settings
     
  4. Weaselboy, Sep 23, 2015
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    ricede covered the install issue well, but settings is a different issue entirely and has nothing to do with reinstalling the apps. If you do a erase and clean install, then reinstall apps, all the custom settings for those apps will be gone. Each app handles this a little differently, but most custom settings are contained in plist settings files in the user ~/Library/Preferences folder. Unless you track down the individual settings files for each app, your settings will not be there even if you reinstall the apps.
     
  5. ricede macrumors regular

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    Sorry - i thought i made that clear. Obviously not clearly enough :(
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I apologize... I actually missed that sentence in your reply. I'm an idiot. :oops:
     

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