Some computers come with a software restore CD, which contains the Apple Software Restore application. This application lets you restore all your original software, including the system software, factory settings, and applications that came with your computer. You have the option of erasing your hard disk before restoring the original software, or just replacing the original software (Restore In Place).
Before Restoring Your Software
Before you begin the restore process, do the following:
- Customized settings and preferences: If possible, make a note of any preferences or settings in control panels and applications so you can easily reset them after you restore your software.
- Software that runs in the background: If you are using software that runs in the background, such as virus-protection, security, or access control software, you should turn it off before you reinstall system software. For instructions, see the documentation that came with the software.
Important: It is highly recommended that you back up the data on your hard disk before restoring software. Apple is not responsible for any lost data.
Restoring in Place
This procedure replaces only your original software (original system software, factory settings, and applications that came with your computer) with new copies from the CD, leaving everything else on your disk untouched.
Important: Your preferences may be reset to their original factory defaults, and if you've already registered software, this procedure may modify that data.
- Start up your computer from the software restore CD and open the Apple SoftwareRestore application. For instructions, see "Starting Up From a CD."
- Click the OK button on the introductory screen.
- If necessary, click Switch Disk to choose the disk on which you want to restore yoursoftware.
- Click the checkbox next to "Restore In Place."
- Click Restore.
- An onscreen message shows the status of the restore process.
- Click Quit when the process is complete.
Last update March 10, 2003
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