Custom installs in Mac OS X 10.4

With Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, you have more custom installation options than with previous Mac OS X versions. For example, with Mac OS X 10.4 you can reinstall only Safari if you want to. (Note that the Mac OS X installer is not an "uninstaller" or software removal utility.)

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Mac OS X 10.4 offers these customization options when started from the Install disc (after clicking the Customize button before installation starts):

Here are some important notes:

  • The BSD Subsystem is always installed with Mac OS X 10.4.
  • Additional Applications such as iCal, iSync, and iTunes are always installed.
  • iMovie, iDVD, and iPhoto are not installed from the Tiger Install disc, but can be installed from an iLife installation disc.
  • Some third-party applications, such as Allume StuffIt Expander and Microsoft Internet Explorer are not included with Mac OS X 10.4, but you can download and install them if you wish.

More custom reinstallation options with Mac OS X 10.4

Want to reinstall a part of Mac OS X 10.4 after it's already installed? It's easy!

  1. Insert your Mac OS X 10.4 Install disc.
  2. Double-click the "Optional Installs.mpkg." You may need to scroll down to see the Optional Installs icon.

  3. After the installer opens, you can choose from the following custom install options:

  4. You can expand each section (except Additional Fonts) by clicking the disclosure triangle to the left of the section name, if you want even more specific custom install options. Once you've selected the items, simply click OK, then click Install.

Here's a complete list of all the custom installation options available with Optional Installs.mpkg:

  • Applications
    • Address Book 4.0
    • iCal 2.0
    • iChat 3.0
    • iTunes 4.7.1
    • Mail 2.0
    • Oxford Dictionaries
    • Safari 2.0
    • X11

  • Additional Fonts
    • Installs additional fonts for Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Punjabi, Armenian, Cherokee, and Inuktitut.
  • Language Translations
    • English
    • Japanese
    • German
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • Dutch
    • Danish
    • Finnish
    • Korean
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Traditional Chinese
  • Print Drivers
    • Brother Printer Drivers
    • Canon Printer Drivers
    • Electronics For Imaging Printer Drivers
    • Epson Printer Drivers
    • Hewlett-Packard Printer Drivers
    • Lexmark Printer Drivers
    • Gimp Printer Drivers
    • Ricoh Printer Drivers
    • Xerox Printer Drivers
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