How to Migrate user settings, applications and all data to new clean user?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by steveyg777, Mar 9, 2016.


Have you ever screwed your system up playing around with permissions?

  1. Oh yes!

  2. No way, I'm too sensible! :)

  1. steveyg777 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2008
    How to Migrate user settings, applications and all data to new clean user?

    My mac has got really messy while i have been trying to change permissions and then rest them all back to default, not to mention that my mac takes ages to completely load up on my two main used accounts. What i wanted to do was create two clean, new users and move everything to them, HOPING that this would speed things back up again and make everything run smoothly again. Is this possible or is it a pipe dream? There's no way that i want to just stay from scratch and reinstall all my software, activate it and customise it again! (I think i would just brevet use my mac again instead)
  2. BLUEDOG314 macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2015
    This isn't going to really help you. If you think you are having permission issues, just moving things to a new user will not change or otherwise reset permissions, it actually stands to make things worse if anything. If things are really jacked up, sometimes a fresh install of everything is needed. Migration assistant can only really import stuff by creating a home folder when you let it do its thing. Sure you can copy things from a backup, but that doesn't work with programs.

    Also what model mac do you have?
  3. MacGizmo macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2003
    There is no substitute for starting over from scratch. You'll get the best results completely re-installing and configuring everything.
  4. steveyg777 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2008

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