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Install a New System Folder in Mavericks


Reinstall Mavericks / Install a new system folder in Mavericks

Even though there no longer is the option to “Install a new system folder” in Mavericks, it is still possible to reinstall the OS (Operating System) using Mavericks ‘Recovery’ feature. This will do a fresh install of the system and then import all your old settings and configurations, files and apps.

However, to make a clean install, you will need to do a manual backup of your files, erase the hard drive using Recovery and then simply make a fresh install of Mavericks.

Recovery: Restart holding down CMD + R


If your computer came with OS X Lion or later and you erase your hard disk and install OS X, you can download iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand from the Mac App Store.

  • After installation, start (up) from OS X.
  • Choose App Store from the Apple menu.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.
  • Click Purchases.

If you haven't previously accepted your bundled iLife applications within the Mac App Store, you should see your iLife applications appear in the Accept portion of the screen. Click Accept.
You may be asked for your Apple ID and password once again. Your iLife applications now move to the Purchased section. These applications are part of the software that came with your computer. Your account will not be charged for them. Click Install to complete installation of your applications.
Requirements for reinstalling OS X using Recovery

Reinstalling OS X using OS X Recovery requires broadband access to the Internet via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection. OS X is downloaded over the Internet from Apple when OS X Recovery is used for reinstallation.

OS X Recovery requires that DHCP is enabled on your chosen Wi-Fi or ethernet network, If you bought OS X from the Mac App Store, you will be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password you used to purchase OS X.

The time required to download OS X varies, depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the version of OS X you are installing. If your usual or current Internet connection has requirements or settings not supported by OS X Recovery, either change the settings to a supported configuration for the duration of your OS X reinstall, or seek out acceptable networks from which you are permitted to access the Internet (such as friends, family, Internet "cafe" establishments, or possibly your place of employment with appropriate permission).

Source: OS X: About OS X Recovery (Apple.com)