Restoring apps with time machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SRTM, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. SRTM macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2011
    When restoring apps from time machine to a new computer, lets say I want to transfer Diablo 3 or the Adobe Suite...
    Do I restore just whats in the applications folder, or do I have to locate and restore all of the other files spread throughout the hard drive as well (data or settings)?
    Or is it best to just install from scratch in that situation? thanks
  2. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If you do a migration using Time Machine, it will properly restore everything associated with the app. However, apps that require activation such as MS Office or the Adobe Suite will have to be re-activated. If you're not planning on using migration and Time Machine, then it's probably best to reinstall the app and then restore any data like documents and game status.
  3. SRTM thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2011
    I'd rather not do a migration since I dont want to bring over all the applications, only specific ones..
    Guess a reinstall is in order. thanks!
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    If these are large complex shareware try to find the serial number on each program to use for Upgraded software for the newer version of Mac OS!

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