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Update Published August 10, 2019

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How to Reinstall Apps on Mac OS. If you wonder on how to reinstall a broken app in your Mac OS X, this video will give you three choic. Tip: Every app that comes with your Mac includes help so you can become a pro using it. To learn how to use an app, open the app, then choose Help in the menu bar.Or click a link below in the Description column to open the user guide for an app. Versions of the operating system earlier than the one that shipped with a particular Mac are not compatible. MacBook Air models running Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' or Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard' are capable of running a great deal of Mac software written for Intel-based Macs and the vast majority of Mac OS X applications written for PowerPC-based systems using the 'Rosetta Universal Binary. I found out that since Mac OS 10.11 apple features so called 'System Integrity Protection', that basically forbidds its users to modify or uninstall 'system relevant applications'. So how can I remove a pre-installed application on such a system? PS: I already know that this may be a bad idea in regard of future upgrades. If OS X El Capitan came preinstalled on your new Mac, you’ll probably never need this article until you decide to sell it. At that time, it’s a good idea to erase the disk and install a fresh copy of OS X for the next owner. If you’re thinking about reinstalling because something has gone.

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What version of Mac OS X is pre-installed on the MacBook Air models? What is the maximum version of OS X supported by each line? Can the MacBook Air run older Mac software?

The precise version of Mac OS X originally pre-installed as well as the maximum compatible version of OS X for every MacBook Air is provided on the specs page for each model. However, the basic version of each series also is provided below for your convenience:

MacBook Air Original Mac OS XMaximum Mac OS X
OriginalOS X 10.5 'Leopard' OS X 10.7.5 'Lion'
'Late 2008'OS X 10.5 'Leopard' OS X 10.11.x 'El Capitan'
'Mid-2009'OS X 10.5.7 'Leopard' OS X 10.11.x 'El Capitan'
'Late 2010'OS X 10.6.4 'Snow Leopard' macOS 10.13.x 'High Sierra'
'Mid-2011'OS X 10.7 'Lion' macOS 10.13.x 'High Sierra'
'Mid-2012'OS X 10.7.4 'Lion' Current
'Mid-2013'OS X 10.8.4 'Mountain Lion' Current
'Early 2014'OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' Current
'Early 2015'OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' Current
'Mid-2017'macOS 10.12 'Sierra' Current

Versions of the operating system earlier than the one that shipped with a particular Mac are not compatible.

MacBook Air models running Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' or Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard' are capable of running a great deal of Mac software written for Intel-based Macs and the vast majority of Mac OS X applications written for PowerPC-based systems using the 'Rosetta Universal Binary Translator'.

MacBook Air models running OS X 10.7 'Lion' or later versions of OS X -- whether pre-installed or otherwise -- are not capable of running Mac OS X applications written for the PowerPC processor as this version of the operating system does not support Rosetta.

Mac OS 9/Classic applications are not supported on any version of Mac OS X that is compatible with the MacBook Air line.

Also see:

  • What is Rosetta? What does it support?
  • What applications are not compatible with OS X 10.7 'Lion'? What upgrade or substitute options are available for common incompatible applications?
  • What applications are not compatible with OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion'? Can OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' run Mac apps that will work with OS X 10.7 'Lion' or Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'?
  • Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

How do you install software on the MacBook Air without an optical drive?

The MacBook Air does not have an internal optical drive, and as such, to install software or transfer files from a CD or DVD one has to either purchase an external optical drive or use the 'Remote Disk' function. Essentially, you can install the 'Remote Disk' software on a nearby Mac or Windows box, and then 'borrow' its optical drive to install software or transfer software via CD or DVD.

Of course, for Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard' and later versions of the operating system, Apple would prefer that you buy all software through Apple's own Mac App Store rather than install software via other means.

Nevertheless, additional information regarding 'Remote Disk' is available via the Apple Support Site and in the User's Guide for each MacBook Air. It also is worth noting that this can be used to re-install the operating system and use Apple Hardware Test for troubleshooting for MacBook Air models prior to the 'Late 2010' line, but some copy-protected CDs, DVDs, and games cannot be installed using this method.

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (SuperDrive - Left), OWC (Blu-ray Options - Right)

Although just about any USB-based optical drive with OS X drivers will work with the MacBook Air notebooks, site sponsor Adorama has the official aluminum Apple SuperDrive for US$79 and Other World Computing has a variety of third-party external optical drive options, as well.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit has a number of external optical drive options, too.

How do you restore the operating system on the 'Late 2010' and subsequent MacBook Air models? Do these models really not include a restoration CD or DVD?

The 'Late 2010' MacBook Air models -- the stock models of which are the MacBook Air 'Core 2 Duo' 1.4 11-Inch and 'Core 2 Duo' 1.86 13-Inch -- shipped with a USB key that Apple refers to as a 'Software Reinstall Drive' to restore the operating system rather than an optical disc.

For the 'Mid-2011' and subsequent MacBook Air models, Apple went a step further and does not include a physical restoration method at all.

Instead, the operating system has a hidden 'restore' partition containing a 'Mac OS X Utilities' application that is only accessible upon startup by holding down Command-R. For more information on restoring one of these MacBook Air models, please refer the User Guide (pages 42-51, specifically). Also note that the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive available for purchase separately will not work with the 'Mid-2011' or later MacBook Air models, even if the model otherwise is compatible with the operating system itself.

Apple's decision to essentially start phasing out optical drives on notebook computers starting with the MacBook Air seemed to surprise many at the time in 2008, but Blu-ray notwithstanding, optical media stalled out in both speed and capacity and this decision is only slightly more aggressive than the decision to phase out the floppy disk drive in the original iMac G3/233 in 1998. Those interested in an optical drive always can buy an external one.

Also see: Why did Apple remove the floppy from the iMac G3? Why not include a Zip disk?

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Can the MacBook Air play DVD movies via remote disk from another computer?

No. Unfortunately, it is not possible to play DVD movies -- or other optical media (CDs or games) -- that have copy-protection via Remote Disk from another computer.

Can the MacBook Air run Windows? Can you install Windows without the external optical drive?

Like all other Intel-based Macs, the MacBook Air is capable of running Windows. However, it is not possible to install Windows using Boot Camp via Remote Disk, and as such, you either need to install Windows on the MacBook Air using an external optical drive or a USB stick.

For more information regarding Windows on the Mac, please refer to the extensive Windows on Mac Q&A.

Can the MacBook Air run Linux?

Of course. The MacBook Air is capable of running a number of Intel-based distributions of Linux through Apple Boot Camp or by using 'virtualization'.

For more on Boot Camp and Virtualization, please refer to the Windows on Mac Q&A.

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Start up from macOS Recovery

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Determine whether you're using a Mac with Apple silicon, then follow the appropriate steps:

  • Apple silicon: Turn on your Mac and continue to press and hold the power button until you see the startup options window, which includes a gear icon labeled Options. Select Options, then click Continue.
  • Intel processor: Make sure that your Mac has a connection to the internet. Then turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold Command (⌘)-R until you see an Apple logo or other image.

If you're asked to select a user you know the password for, select the user, click Next, then enter their administrator password.

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Select Reinstall macOS from the utilities window in macOS Recovery, then click Continue and follow the installer's instructions.

Follow these guidelines during installation:

  • Allow installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid. Your Mac might restart and show a progress bar several times, and the screen might be empty for minutes at a time.
  • If the installer asks to unlock your disk, enter the password you use to log in to your Mac.
  • If the installer doesn't see your disk, or it says that it can't install on your computer or volume, you might need to erase your disk first.
  • If the installer is for a different version of macOS than you expected, learn about other installation options, below.
  • If the installer offers you the choice between installing on Macintosh HD or Macintosh HD - Data, choose Macintosh HD.

After installation is complete, your Mac might restart to a setup assistant. If you're selling, trading in, or giving away your Mac, press Command-Q to quit the assistant without completing setup. Then click Shut Down. Outlook for mac calendar sidebar. When the new owner starts up the Mac, they can use their own information to complete setup.

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Other macOS installation options

By default, macOS Recovery installs the latest macOS that was previously installed on your Mac.* You can get other macOS versions using one of these methods:

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  • On an Intel-based Mac, you can use Option-Command-R at startup to upgrade to the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac. Exceptions:
    • If macOS Sierra 10.12.4 or later was never previously installed, you will receive the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available.
    • If your Mac has the Apple T2 Security Chip and you never installed a macOS update, you will receive the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac.
  • On an Intel-based Mac that previously used macOS Sierra 10.12.4 or later, you can use Shift-Option-Command-R at startup to install the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available.
  • Reinstall macOS from the App Store instead of using macOS Recovery. If you can't install the latest macOS, you might be able to install an earlier macOS.
  • Create a bootable installer, then use it to install macOS on your Mac or another Mac.

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* If you just had your Mac logic board replaced during a repair, macOS Recovery might offer only the latest macOS compatible with your Mac. If you erased your entire disk instead of just the startup volume on that disk, macOS Recovery might offer only the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available.