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Archived - Mac OS X 10.5: Setup Assistant appears after every restart

If the Setup Assistant appears unexpectedly each time Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard starts up, and continues to appear even after completing all pages in the assistant, use these steps.

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  1. Start up with a Safe Boot.
  2. When the login window appears, do not attempt to log in. Instead, click the Restart button located at the bottom of the login window and let the computer restart normally. (If the Restart button is not displayed, click the Back button, then click the Restart button.)
  3. After the computer starts normally, use Software Update to update to Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later.

If the issue persists, follow these steps:

  1. Restart the computer in single-user mode and enter the commands below (press Return after each command)

    mount -uw /
    rm /var/db/.SoftwareUpdateOptions
    reboot

  2. After the computer starts normally, use Software Update to update to Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later.
Last Modified: Apr 12, 2012
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