Removing Preinstalled Applications

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Tweak3D, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Tweak3D macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    How do I go about uninstalling iChat, Chess, and any other preinstalled piece of software in Lion? when I try to delete them I get the "Chess cannot be modified or deleted as it is required by Mac OS X". If this is a bug, great, ill wait for it to be fixed. If this was intentional then I don't know why someone would shave such a stupid idea. Its bad enough in the iPhone and iPad but I don't want to have to deal with it on my computer as well.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Tweak3D thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
  3. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    just ignore them ... why do you want to delete them?
  4. Meicyn macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2007
    Maybe he wants to save 3.8 MB by getting rid of Chess.
  5. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    Some people like to ONLY have what they want/need on their system, and get rid of the "useless" rest of it.
  6. Tweak3D thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    Its the same reason on the phone, I don't use them, I don't want to see them, why have they been made unremovable when in the past there were no issues? Plenty of people complain about it in iOS as a gripe because they don't use the stock apps or they found a better alternative in the app store.

    And does it really matter what my reasoning is for not wanting them there? It appears Apple has gone crazy with the not allowing items to be removed in Lion. Can't remove them from the applications folder, can't remove them from the Launchpad. I just don't really like where they are going with this and really hoping this is just a bug or there is an easy workaround.
  7. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    Do a "Get Info" on the app and change permissions to Read & Write. Worked for me.
  8. Tweak3D thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    worked perfectly, thank you very much.
  9. ghostshadow macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2006

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