Read before restoring your computer‘s software (Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.3.1)

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This document is a reproduction of the "Read Before Restoring Your Computer's Software" that is included with computers that ship with Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.3.1.

Read Before Restoring Your Computer's Software

Restoring Your Computer's Software
Software Restore restores your computer's original contents except Mac OS X. This includes the Mac OS 9 system software and the applications that came with your computer.

Software Restore does not restore Mac OS X, iPhoto, iTunes, iChat, or iMovie. If you need to reinstall Mac OS X or these applications, use the Mac OS X installation discs that came with your computer. First back up essential software and files, if possible.

After reinstalling Mac OS X, if you need to restore the rest of your computer's applications and files, double-click Software Restore.pkg. This will install the Software Restore application into the Utilities folder, inside the Applications folder on your hard disk. When the installation is complete, Software Restore opens.

To restore your computer's original contents:
1. Make sure you are using Mac OS X v10.2. If you are using Mac OS 9, restart your computer in Mac OS X. To do this, open the Startup Disk control panel, select Mac OS X and click Restart. You can not start your computer from the Software Restore CDs.
2. Make sure you have all the Software Restore CDs that came with your computer.
3. Double-click Software Restore.pkg.
4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
5. When prompted, select the applications and files you want to restore.

For more information about Mac OS X, select Mac Help from the Help menu, or go to

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Published Date: Feb 17, 2012