Q. I deleted one of the Apple applications from OSX

How do you reinstall one of the bundled Macintosh applications?

Let’s take iPhoto as an example.

First of all put in your installer DVD and look on it for a package called Optional Installs. Double click on that and you may be able to reinstall iPhoto from there just by check marking it and un-checking everything else.

Or reboot from the install DVD and when the Installer opens, choose Optional Installs, and ONLY choose the iPhoto software to install. Do not do a full install and do not choose Erase and Install.

Some of the applications like TextEdit do not appear in the Optional Install list.  For these you have 2 choices, carry on and do a full install (Archive and Install on OSX 10.4 and earlier, NOT Erase and Install) then it will be installed by default. It will preserve your User accounts and programs and data. This is reliable but will take a while and you will need to do Apple Software Update to update your OSX to its most recent patch level

Or you can download the program Pacifist, which can look inside of the Installer files on the DVD and extract just the program you need


Pacifist Documentation http://www.charlessoft.com/Pacifist_Documentation/English/index.html

Video tutorial http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-reinstall-textedit-preview-ical-address-book-mac-os-x-computer-401056/

If you are within 90 days of your purchase you can call apple’s Applecare hotline.
U.S. iPod and Mac technical support: 1-800-APL-CARE (1-800-275-2273)
Canada technical support: 1-800-263-3394

If you purchase AppleCare extended warranty, you get phone service for 3 years from date of purchase of the machine

Apple’s online help

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