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OS X Mavericks: Revert to a previous OS X version

Revert to a previous OS X version

If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can easily revert to a previous version of OS X if you experience trouble after installing an update.

Important: Reverting erases any changes you made to the files on your Mac since you installed the new version of OS X. To save new or revised files, copy them onto a different disk or back them up before you follow these instructions.
  1. Print these instructions by opening the Help Viewer’s Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) and choosing Print.
  2. Choose Apple menu > Restart. Once your Mac restarts (and the gray screen appears), hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys.
  3. Select “Restore from a Time Machine Backup,” then click Continue.
  4. Select your Time Machine backup disk.
  5. Select the Time Machine backup you want to restore. To restore your computer to the state it was in before you installed the new version of OS X, choose the most recent backup.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions.

If you backed up files as described in the Important message above, you can restore them now. If you backed them up using Time Machine, open the Time Machine menu in the menu bar, choose Enter Time Machine, then retrieve your files.

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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