Question: what would happen if I deleted all the files in the preferences folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yr Blues, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Sometimes I go through and hunt and pick things to reset, but I wanted to reset everything. Will this cause any major failures?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Hard to say without knowing everything you have

    Why not make a backup of the folder first in case you need to restore something
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Most programs will automatically just make new plist files, but some might behave unpredictably. You might consider just making a new account instead, too....
     
  4. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's a good idea. Just make an archive file of the whole folder. Crosses fingers :eek:
     
  5. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I trashed every single file and folder in the preferences folder, rebooted the MacBook…and everything was reset. Everything. I had to re-enter some passwords and get through some obligatory install menus, but that's all.

    One thing to note, it cured some problems I had with my MacBook. Previously, it took a full minute to go to sleep and I thought it was a hardware problem—but now it goes to sleep and wakes up instantly. So cool.

    I'm sure it fixed some other stuff as well.
     
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