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Can I Reinstall Applications From a Time Machine Backup?

First of all I wold like apologies if my english grammar is not the best, my native language is not english.
My question is… Can I after doing a clean install of OS X, reinstall the specific applications I want from a time Machine backup. Our do I have to reinstall entire applications folder and then delete those applications I don´t want to have on my Mac?

Comments: 5 Responses to “Can I Reinstall Applications From a Time Machine Backup?”

    9 years ago

    Usually if you have to do a clean install of OS X for some reason, you would use Migration Assistant, not Time Machine, to restore your data and applications. Migration Assistant can access a Time Machine backup and do the restore of your data properly. This would also restore your applications, as long as you select that option.
    It works for most applications. Some third-party applications may insist on either a full re-install from the original discs/installers, or maybe re-entering registration codes and the like.

    Michael Wheless
    9 years ago

    Do you have a podcast on the use of Migration Assistant? I had the same question (above) as it is so common to hear “just use your Time Machine to restore your system”.

    Clyde Johnson
    8 years ago

    I did a migration from my old Mac to my new iMac, and now iTunes will not open on the new Mac.

    I get the following message:
    The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. Would you like to download iTunes now?

    I click download now but get an error message.

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