iWork not working when transferred via Migration Assistant

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by WKowalski, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. WKowalski macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009
    Had to move all my applications from external hard drive to MacBook today and am not able to get any iWork programs to work. I'm running 10.6.8 on a machine that was running iWork apps just fine yesterday. I also ran the installer file again and made sure to download updates. The error message I'm getting says Pages is not compatible with my operating system. I don't see how that can be, since it was before. I checked permissions on the file and I have full access. Anyone able to offer a suggestion? Thanks.

    *Edit: I should add that I had to do a re-install of my OS today as well, but I am sure I have downloaded all software updates.
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Are you launching Pages from the Dock icon? What if you go to /Applications/iWork '09 and click Pages.app? If the latter solution works, you just need to replace the Dock icon. If you don't see Pages in the above-listed path, you need to create a folder called iWork '09 in Applications and move Pages, and Numbers and Keynote if you have those as well, and then check for software updates again. Software updates cannot be found if the applications are not where the OS expects them to be located.
  3. WKowalski thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009
    No, I am launching it from the Applications folder. I had read elsewhere that it had to be in just the right place, so I was careful to do this. I have since bought Pages again from the App store, but I would really like to know why it happened, just to satisfy my curiosity.
  4. WKowalski thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009
    I should say that through all this neither Time Machine nor Migration Assistant have behaved as I thought they would. I thought I would be able to migrate an entire user account from either TM or MA and then log into it from the startup screen. In fact the user account I migrated is nested within the admin account on the machine, and many of the applications are not working properly, including iCal and Address Book.
  5. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Situations like this are the reason I always reinstall everything manually. While it takes longer, and more work on my part, I have never had a single problem.

    With the Mac app store, iCloud sync etc... It's a lot less work to do things manually than in the past.

    When there are problems with TM or MA, it usually takes more time troubleshooting then doing everything manually :(

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