Reinstalling OS X

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by cpaqf1, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. cpaqf1 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I'd like to know if there's a way to restore OS X to factory settings, just removing apps and personal files, without OS X getting completely wiped and re-installed ?

    thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Getting back to factory conditions by definition means you will have to wipe the drive and reinstall the OS.

    Reboot the computer, and hold down the cmd-R keys while its rebooting. That will get you into the recovery mode, and you can then erase the disk and reinstall OS X.
     
  3. cpaqf1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but that will require me to be connected to the internet right ?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes... after you erase like maflynn mentioned, you will need to DL the ~5GB OS Over the Internet to reinstall it.
     
  5. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Do keep in mind that it may be useful to create an installer disk for the future. Hence, if you wish to reinstall again, it will be a quick network-free process.
     

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