My 11 month old macbook pro has always been pathetic and slow. Lots of spinning wheels of death. I honestly have been disappointed overall--I think macs are a waste of money and don't work any better than $400 pcs but I have made my bed and now I must sleep in it. So I took it into the apple store today hoping I had bought a dud and it was just super slow b/c of bad hardware. They tested it and it was all fine so they recommended wiping it clean and reinstalling os x Lion. I had backed it up with time machine that morning and after the reinstall I now have all my files where they were, iTunes and playlists work fine. But I lost iPhoto, garageband, and 15 other important third party applications. I can see all the apps when I look at my external hard drive backup under applications, they are all still there. But when I click on them the message says "You can't open the application ____ because it is in a Time Machine Backup." I am very pissed off, not only has this computer sucked all along, but now Apple convinced me to wipe it clean and I am having to spend two days trying to get back to where I started. Any help would be appreciated, I thought the purpose of time machine was to reinstall everything just as you had it??