Reloaded OS question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by omeletpants, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. omeletpants macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2005
    I have had my Mac for a year and seem to have a corrupted Mail program and spellchecker. If I reload the OS I know I won't have any of the updates added during the previous year. What other issues will i have and what settings will I lose?
  2. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    if you mean by _reload_ reinstalling OS X, then it depends on the type of the installation. If you do an 'archive and install' then all your settings/preferences/programs will be preserved. If you do 'fresh install' then everything will be gone.
  3. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    A fresh reinstall will also cause you to lose any registered software keys, make sure to back them up first if you don't want to use the hdd space of two system folders that a archive and install takes up. And you'll have to reinstall all those programs as well.

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