Reset factory settings - how???

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  1. iedwards1919 macrumors newbie

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    Probably a very basic enquiry but the solution is escaping me.

    I have a 2011 27" iMac which is running incredibly slowly.

    I have a time capsule attached to it which is backing up as it should.

    I want to restore the iMac to its factory settings and to then only put back on the photos and documents that I want.

    I tried this a while back but think that I just put all the old material back on.

    Can someone with patience please step me through the process.

    Secondly, when I did the attempt at a factory reset last time I found that I lost my word, excel and powerpoint. I have them back now. Any advice on how to retain these would be good too.

    Any patience would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    did you get Office applications as a download or CD/DVD?

    Mainly to restore to factory settings is to restart the computer and immediately hold COMMAND R to launch internet recovery.

    Click Disk Utility

    And click the Macintosh HD and select erase

    then close out of disk utility and select Install OS X

    let the restore process take place...you can set-up a new account and then when logged into OS X you can browse time machine back-ups and restore just your photos and wanted documents, by click the time machine icon and select browse other back-ups.
     
  3. iedwards1919 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your help so far:
    I think I got the Office applications as a download, although I do have the Office for Mac disks from about 2010.

    When I reinstalled previously I got the Office for Mac programs back up but had to go to time machine to get the 'newer' program. I think this is where I probably just reinstalled everything.

    Again, a simple question I'm sure but...

    Will my time machine just show up in Finder once I have restored to factory settings? You have said that I should 'click the time machine icon and select browse other back-ups.' Where will this icon be found?
     
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    if you have office for mac 2011, you may have the download from microsoft.com
    with your account info.

    the time machine icon in the menu bar next to the wi-fi and clock, you may have to Option-Click the icon to see browse other back-ups.
     
  5. iedwards1919 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you
    Once I have hit the time machine icon, will it just display a list of the back ups that I can then open and find the items I want to reload?
     
  6. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    Defrag your startup drive

    or replace your drive with an SSD
     
  7. iedwards1919 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you.

    Can you step me through how I defrag the start up disk please
     
  8. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    no need to, erase & restore and you should be set.
     

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