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kat.hayes

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I used a Time Machine backup from a 2013 MBP to load onto a new 2015 MBP. I checked the box in the options to transfer over all of the applications, though when it was done, the aliases for applications were in my dock, though the applications were not. Why did they not get copied over? What is the point of this feature if it does not copy any applications?

Thanks.
 

randomgeeza

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I used a Time Machine backup from a 2013 MBP to load onto a new 2015 MBP. I checked the box in the options to transfer over all of the applications, though when it was done, the aliases for applications were in my dock, though the applications were not. Why did they not get copied over? What is the point of this feature if it does not copy any applications?

Thanks.

TBH, and to pass on some advice from Apple Engineering. When restoring from a TM backup, it is better to reinstall your apps from scratch than to use the TM. As to your particular situation I don't know why this has happened. But, if this were me, I would most probably start from scratch and reinstall your apps one by one.
 
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kat.hayes

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Both Macs are on El Capitan with a slight point update difference.

I was trying to copy over Adobe CC programs, MS Office, along with VLC, 1Password, Skype, Feedly, Wunderlist...not a single one of them ended up in the Applications folder.
 

grahamperrin

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With Time Machine there is (or was) an option to not backup the System folder and applications. There were rare reports of that preference being set without the user's knowledge.
 

fisherking

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generally, you're best off doing a clean install of apps; at the least, this insures that all support files (like the million, scattered-about files from adobe) get in the right place.

one thing: what version, for example, of CC? meaning, was this an older version that carried over as you updated your previous mac to el capitan?...
 

kat.hayes

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generally, you're best off doing a clean install of apps; at the least, this insures that all support files (like the million, scattered-about files from adobe) get in the right place.

one thing: what version, for example, of CC? meaning, was this an older version that carried over as you updated your previous mac to el capitan?...
Adobe CC2015
 

NoBoMac

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Forgive the possible ignorance, but, has OP gone into TM and see if there is backups for the programs in question?

And: has OP tried to copy those over via "Restore" in TM?
 
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