How to uninstall Mavericks?

centarian07

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I recently upgraded my parents macbook, and they hate the new OS, so I simply want to uninstall it to the previous OS. I can't seem to find how to do this anywhere. I keep seeing things about Appcleaner, but I find it hard to believe there's not an easier way to actually uninstall something. Any help is appreciated.
 

Bear

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I recently upgraded my parents macbook, and they hate the new OS, so I simply want to uninstall it to the previous OS. I can't seem to find how to do this anywhere. I keep seeing things about Appcleaner, but I find it hard to believe there's not an easier way to actually uninstall something. Any help is appreciated.
Appcleaner won't do it. Do you have a backup from before the upgrade to Mavericks? Restoring that would be the easiest way to revert them back to what they had.
 

jbarley

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If by chance they were using Time Machine backups then it would be a simple restart while pressing the 'Cmd + R' keys to get to the restore menu.
The first item on this menu is "restore from Time Machine backup", pick a date and time before you did the update to Mavericks and let it do its thing.
But if, you - they have not made any prior backups then it's not going to be simple...
 

2trout

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back up all important files to a USB flash drive or external HD, then do a clean install of Mountain Lion, i.e., this will reformat your main HD, once installed, transfer all files back.
 

fisherking

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seriously...adapt. in a week, they'll be more comfortable, in 2 weeks...even better. it's not SO profoundly different as to be confusing (my mom adapted right away, and she's no computer person).

give it time.

just a thought! :D
 

aristobrat

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Unfortunately they did not have any backups made, what exactly can we do now?
It's going to be a huge PITA for you to go back, IMO. You're going to have to do things like read up on how to manually backup/restore the Keychain and application preferences, otherwise all of their saved logins for websites and applications are going to be gone, along with how they had apps configured.
 

chevalier433

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I recently upgraded my parents macbook, and they hate the new OS, so I simply want to uninstall it to the previous OS. I can't seem to find how to do this anywhere. I keep seeing things about Appcleaner, but I find it hard to believe there's not an easier way to actually uninstall something. Any help is appreciated.
I understand you completely...Backup your data files as previous guy said make a usb with the previous os restart with it.Format you drive and install.
 

ABC5S

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As mentioned way above, Why not use the CMD-OPT-R method ? Upon boot up, use this method on the keyboard, and it will reinstall what ever version the machine came with when purchased...
 

old-wiz

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Things like AppCleaner and AppZapper are for applications. The task is far simpler than dealing with an entire OS.

Mavericks is an operating system, and you don't find uninstallers for operating systems. You re-install or install a different one.
 

jca69

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Jun 13, 2013
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how can they even tell anything is different. just curious, not bashing
Maybe it's because now it crashes or freezes? I don't know, but I noticed that since I upgraded to 10.9 on my MP, it freezes sometimes, something that didn't happen before. But other than that, I even prefer Mavericks.
 

Bear

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Maybe it's because now it crashes or freezes? I don't know, but I noticed that since I upgraded to 10.9 on my MP, it freezes sometimes, something that didn't happen before. But other than that, I even prefer Mavericks.
And you've just given another reason for not upgrading to Mavericks. As I said elsewhere, "no real issues" means something is wrong. I'll stick to Mountain Lion until something forces me to upgrade to Mavericks or I know that the issues that I care about are taken care of.
 

vigorito

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did anyone ever tried mentioned method CMD-OPT-R ? if yes and its working I'm in to test maverics,after reading so many trouble with the new osx i just can't make a step forward
 

ABC5S

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did anyone ever tried mentioned method CMD-OPT-R ? if yes and its working I'm in to test maverics,after reading so many trouble with the new osx i just can't make a step forward
I did just a few days ago by mistake (I goofed instead of using the Option key), and all went well, than I reinstalled Mavericks from a USB thumb drive. I have back ups on a USB drive and don't mind re-installing from scratch if I have to.

PS: I never had issues with Mavericks. I only install up to date software, unlike some others that install older software that may upset the apple cart. I also only download from safe sites. Some members have issues while many more do not and do not post here
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vigorito

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hm ok,I'm on mba mid 2013,I'm still on 10.8.5 so what is best option to update from app store or clean install? easyest way for me is just to update but i read on multiply places thats better to do clean
 

ABC5S

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hm ok,I'm on mba mid 2013,I'm still on 10.8.5 so what is best option to update from app store or clean install? easyest way for me is just to update but i read on multiply places thats better to do clean
Many say that upgrading is just fine and others swear by doing a clean install. I have done both with no issues, but like the fact that a clean install is just CLEANER in my opinion. If you go the UpDate route you can again download the OS and burn it to a USB thumb drive for later if need be. Real easy to do using the DiskMaker program below...


Lion DiskMaker ( US Or French )

http://liondiskmaker.com/?p=288 DiskMaker X 3.0.3
 

saturnotaku

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ok,but where can i find 10.8.5 lion osx file,my mba comes with lion preinstalled
Mac App Store

Download the installer file, but close out of the program when you system tries to auto run it. Launch Diskmaker X to create a USB installer.
 

vigorito

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May 18, 2012
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only one osx is on App Store and its mavericks,but why i need mountaine lion osx file if combination command+option +r is working for going back from MV to LION again?
 

tywebb13

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You can still get older systems from apple.

Full installers for Leopard and Snow Leopard are still on the mac dev center as free downloads.

If you don't have access to the mac dev center, you can purchase snow leopard at

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

And you can still purchase Lion and Mountain Lion at

http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

and

http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6377Z/A/os-x-mountain-lion

and redeem the codes in the mac app store.
 
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jkcerda

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If by chance they were using Time Machine backups then it would be a simple restart while pressing the 'Cmd + R' keys to get to the restore menu.
The first item on this menu is "restore from Time Machine backup", pick a date and time before you did the update to Mavericks and let it do its thing.
But if, you - they have not made any prior backups then it's not going to be simple...
sweet, going to back up before I upgrade.
 

vigorito

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May 18, 2012
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guys lets be real simple question,if i update from mountain lion from app store to maverics and if i don't like how new os is working on my mba 2013
can i use this:
CMD-OPT-R
to restore to mountaine lion again?

yes or no?
 

Weaselboy

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guys lets be real simple question,if i update from mountain lion from app store to maverics and if i don't like how new os is working on my mba 2013
can i use this:
CMD-OPT-R
to restore to mountaine lion again?

yes or no?
Yes. You would just need to command-option-r boot to Internet recovery then use Disk Util to erase the entire disk, not just Macintosh HD. That will erase the Mavs recovery partition also and allow you to reinstall ML.

This would get you to a fresh install of nothing but ML with of course none of your data on there.
 

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