how do you do factory reset, but keep apps

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kggeorgiou, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. kggeorgiou macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013

    I've got too much **** on this mac, and want to do a factory reset and update to to OSX Maverick (without Cd's) but keep the Apps (and AU's such as waves and other plugins) that ive already got.

    is there any way i can do this?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Back up your system.

    Factory reset means reformatting and installing OSX as it was when you bought it. That means no data or apps, so you'll need to back them up and restore them later. Of course some apps like photoshop, office need to be reinstalled since they sprinkle files all over the place and you may not be able to easily restore then from a backup
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    OS X is designed to install in place, keeping your apps, data and prefs.

    If you have too much stuff, then you just need to decide what of your files to delete/move to an external volume.

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