Utility apps disappeared on Time Machine recovery

furcalchick

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Not too long ago, my OS got corrupted somehow and I decided to go back to a previous Time Machine save. I didn't lose very much of my data (thankfully), however, I ran into another problem. Most of the apps in the utility folder were lost in the transfer. It's like they never existed. And even if I tried to put them in from a backup, they don't register. And I'm trying to see why this happened and how to actually get them back. Would an upgrade to El Captain solve this issue and get them back? What should I do? Thanks.
 

KALLT

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If you want to stay on Mavericks, you can also just reinstall the system from Recovery or by downloading the full Mavericks installer from the App Store (if it still shows up in your purchases history). Neither will erase your disk or personal data, they will just fix your system.

https://support.apple.com/HT204904

An upgrade to El Capitan would of course also work.
 
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furcalchick

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If you want to stay on Mavericks, you can also just reinstall the system from Recovery or by downloading the full Mavericks installer from the App Store (if it still shows up in your purchases history). Neither will erase your disk or personal data, they will just fix your system.

https://support.apple.com/HT204904

An upgrade to El Capitan would of course also work.
The computer came with Mavericks installed, so finding the full Mavericks installer may be a bit of an issue.

Regarding "reinstall the system from Recovery", doesn't that require the migration app or something from the utility folder? If it does, I may be out of luck on that end.
 

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The computer came with Mavericks installed, so finding the full Mavericks installer may be a bit of an issue.
Regarding "reinstall the system from Recovery", doesn't that require the migration app or something from the utility folder? If it does, I may be out of luck on that end.
You can use Internet Recovery (command+option+r) to install the OS that shipped with the Mac:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314
 
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