Using Restore discs with computers that ship with Mac OS X 10.3.7 or later

If your computer shipped with Mac OS X 10.3.7 or later, or Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later (including Intel-based Macs with Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later), and you need to reinstall some of the cool software that shipped with your Mac such as Mac OS X, Safari, iChat, Classic Support, iMovie, iTunes, Xcode Tools, and other applications, here are some different ways to do just that using the Restore discs that came with your computer.

Note: Only use the Restore discs that came with your computer. Do not use any other discs to restore your software.

This article applies to all Apple computers that ship with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and to Mac minis and PowerBook G4 computers that shipped with Mac OS X 10.3.7. If you have a different computer that came with Mac OS X 10.3.7 or Mac OS X 10.3.4, such as a Power Mac G5, iBook G4, or iMac G5, see this article instead.

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Restore Mac OS X and all bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that shipped with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall all software.

Tip: If you don't want to install certain applications, see "Reinstall some (but not all) bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume" below.

Erase the Mac OS X volume, then restore Mac OS X and all bundled software

Important: This option erases your destination volume (it deletes everything that's on it, including files on your desktop), so be sure that you've backed up your stuff before committing to this choice.

  1. Back up your essential files.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the destination pane.
  5. In the "Select a destination" window, click Options, then click "Erase and Install."

Reinstall some (but not all) bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume

Follow these steps to install or reinstall certain applications, such as iCal, iMovie, iChat, Safari, iTunes, and iPhoto—Mac OS X must already be installed to do this.

Note: On computers that ship with Mac OS X 10.4 or later use these steps to install bundled third-party applications, iLife and Front Row. For other Mac OS X applications such as iCal, iChat, Safari and others, use this article.

Tip: Reinstalling AppleWorks on an iMac G5? Check out "How to reinstall AppleWorks on an iMac G5" instead.

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Bundled Software Only."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions as follows:
    1. Select the destination.
    2. Click Continue.
    3. Click Upgrade to install all the applications or click Customize to select which packages to install.
    4. If you click Customize, you'll see a list of applications that you can select to install, or deselect to not install, like this:

  5. Continue following the onscreen instructions to complete the install.

Install Classic Support (PowerPC-based Macs only)

Note: This section does not apply to Intel-based Macs.

If you can't part with your Classic applications (those that were designed to work with Mac OS 9 and earlier), you need to install Classic Support before you can use them. Here's how:

Tip: Don't want to use Classic? You can avoid it by using Mac OS X versions of your applications instead, if they exist (check with the software manufacturer).

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Grab your Mac OS 9 Install disc or Mac OS X Install disc 2 (whichever came with your computer) and insert it into the computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Mac OS 9 System Support."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. After selecting the destination disk for installation, choose your language from the Custom Install screen.

Install Xcode Tools

  1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc.
  2. Double-click Xcode Tools.
  3. Double-click XcodeTools.mpkg.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the software package.

Stop an installation before it starts

If you're in the process of starting an installation but want to quit the Installer application before the actual installation starts, do this.

Note: If you already clicked Upgrade or Install, just wait for the installation to finish. Do not try to stop the installation process. It shouldn't take long; besides, you could use this time to read a magazine or call a friend.

  1. From the Installer menu, choose Quit.
  2. Click Restart in the dialog window that appears.
  3. As your Mac starts up, press the mouse or trackpad button until the disc ejects. Alternatively, you may be able to eject the disc by pressing the optical drive's eject button (if it has one) or the keyboard's Media Eject key during startup.

Your computer should start up from your normal startup disk if Mac OS X is installed on it.

What's on each Restore disc?

On Intel-based Macs, the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 contains Mac OS X, all bundled applications except iLife 06, and Apple Hardware Test. The Mac OS X Install 2 Disc contains iLife 06 and iWork 06.

On PowerPC-based Macs, the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 contains Mac OS X, all bundled applications, and Apple Hardware Test. The Mac OS X Install Disc 2 (called Mac OS 9 Install disc on some systems) contains Classic Support..

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