preference list files for applications can they be moved to a new comp and still work

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MAC4life85, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. MAC4life85 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
    I need to reinstall mac os x on my computer due to bad blocks I have a lot of 3rd party shareware apps installed I dont feel like typing in every serial number again and re-changing pref again for each application would it work if i copied the pref list for each application from the library folder slap it on a removable drive then when i reinstall the os x and the programs I can just delete the newly made pref files and slap in the old ones? I really dont feel like redoing pref and figuring out all my serials that i forgot!
  2. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    I don't know about serial numbers but if you copy your ~/Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Application Support folders and copy them back on the new install you should have all your old settings intact.

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