reinstalling operating sys

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by monkified, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. monkified macrumors newbie

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    hello, is it possible to reinstall the operating system of my mac without losing all my personal files and programs that are installed, if not is there a prefs file i could backup so when i reinstall my programs i could import the prefs to them
    cheers
    kev
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

    bartelby

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    IIRC There's an Archive and Install option.

    This will keep everything, including the pervious system folder.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core

    MacDawg

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    Which OS are you installing?
    Tiger? Leopard? Snow Leopard?

    Yes, you should be able to install without losing your settings
     
  4. monkified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry for being thick but could you explain it a bit more, whats IIRC, if i put my system disks in will it ask if i want to just install the OS, i dont want to put my disk in and it just starts deleting everything, cheers
    kev
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core

    MacDawg

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    IIRC = if i recall correctly

    Yes, it will ask before it does anything
    It will not just start deleting things
     
  6. monkified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i got 2 install disks and the snow leopard disk which should i put in first the install disks or snow leopard
    cheers
    kev
     
  7. monkified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol, i thought it was some tech term or a program to use, sombody slap me:)
     

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