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  1. Sigur Rossco macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    New to the site as I'm a new to apples OS and have a question, I will probably ask more the more I use the computer

    I used to reinstall windows onto my other computers every 6 months, how do I do it on this operating system?

    Thanks

    Rossco
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You use the grey Restore DVDs that came with it, but it is not really necessary, unless you **** things up.

    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
    Short version: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Long version: Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard: How to Erase and Install


    Btw, if you will create more threads, have a look here:

     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The best answer is... you don't have to
    It doesn't muck up like Windows used to
     
  4. nwbusa macrumors regular

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    This really IS the best answer!
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    This is true. I've been on Mac since 2007 and I've never had to reinstall OS X because it was mucked up. It's a real clean and smooth operating system. Welcome aboard! :)
     
  6. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    I have to agree with what everyone else is saying.

    OS X is NOT Windows. There is no need to reinstall. Apps don't go around replacing system files and there is no registry to get all screwed up which is where most of windows issues comes from.
     
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    os x doesn't have a registry that is prone to getting jacked up (because, you know, the best way to run an OS is to dump everything into a central database that houses components critical to the system), so no reinstalls required.

    yay micro$oft!
     
  8. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Just peer at the console once in a while to see if any old apps that you deleted have remnants that are hogging memory, CPU cycles or just causing a slowdown.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Easy, you don't need to do that at all, macs don't slow down over time.

    If you really feel the need to do it, pop the CD that came with the machine in, reboot and hold C, follow the on-screen instructions.
     
  10. blackbinary macrumors member

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    The most maintenance you could need to do besides backups would be to get an app-cleaner application and let it scan your hard drive every few months. It will find any bits and pieces left over from apps you've uninstalled that didnt get deleted.
     
  11. Y-Booms macrumors newbie

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    Repair permissions with Disk Utility or through Terminal. If your computer is not on at night, run routine system maintenance through Terminal.

    Commands are:

    diskutil repairpermissions [disk name]
    (for repairing permissions)

    AND
    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    (for running maintenance)

    -booms
     
  12. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    It's not necessary.

    If you want to do something for system maintenance, buy Disc Warrior (about $100).

    That's all you'll ever need.
     
  13. Sigur Rossco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys!

    Found the disks in the box.

    Also I downloaded the Facebookxpro app from the app store wasn't impressed with it, is the correct way of deleting it from the comp to locate it on the finder and drag to the trash icon?
     
  14. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    Yep, all you need to do to delete almost all programs is simply drag it to the trash.
     
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