Reinstall Mail in OSX 5

Discussion in 'macOS' started by twfmike, May 15, 2014.

  1. twfmike macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    I have a MacBook running OSX 5.8. I deleted the Mail application, because idiot.
    I want to reinstall it BUT the Install disk has OSX Version 5.5, so when I try and install from here it won't as there is a more recent version of OSX on teh computer. I don't want to go backwards to 10.5, I want to keep 10.5.8 and just add Mail.

    How do I do that then?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you don't have a backup of your system, your only option is to reinstall 10.5, then apply the combo update to 10.5.8 - provided apple still hast that.
  3. GPap macrumors regular


    May 5, 2014
    If you have only the option to reinstall your OS try Pacifist. If it works,good for you. Else you have to reinstall the OS in any case (If you don't have a backup as maflynn says).
  4. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012


    But even if you have 10.5.8 already installed, it might be worth trying reinstalling the 10.5.8 combo on top of it without necessarily going back to 10.5 first. The installer might determine by itself that the only thing that really needs to be installed is the mail app.

    You can get that here:
  5. twfmike thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestions. Pacifist is great.

    I extracted Mail from the 10.5 installation disk and installed it, tried to run it, but got a msg saying it wouldn't run with the installed version of OSX. SO...

    I extracted the mail update from the link tywebb13 suggested and installed that as an update, but I get the same message when I try and run Mail.

    Any suggestions?

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