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Oct 6, 2022
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A new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh start. We all need it from time to time and so does your Mac. Your Mac could be slow, facing a serious issue or you might be selling it so someone else can enjoy the Mac as you have. So, let’s reinstall macOS.
No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.
Most people reinstall macOS when their Mac faces a serious issue, it may show too many popup messages, or some software might not work properly. In extreme cases, the Mac may not even boot up. Even though it’s uncommon, power users who frequently experiment with new software and change system settings are more likely to experience this. However, anyone can face this issue.
No one likes a slow computer, let alone a slow Mac. To resolve this issue, you may need to delete some starting applications, execute system updates, or wipe up your storage disk. Reinstalling the OS does this for you.
Because a Mac can retain its worth for so long, you can typically resale your system years later and retrieve some of the cost. You don’t want the new owner to have access to all of your files whether you sell the mac online or gift it to a near and dear one.
Most of the time, updating to the most recent version of macOS is a simple process. This gives you access to additional features and, in most cases, improved performance. However, you may regret changing the operating system on your Mac. Perhaps the most recent version included a modification that impacts your workflow, or perhaps it just does not operate properly on your older PC. In such instances, downgrading macOS is an option.
No matter what the reason, you have now chosen to reinstall the macOS.
As and when a device is used by someone, the disk space of the device will always be in a state of decline as new files would be downloaded and they don’t come for free. Similarly to add fuel to the already existing fire, OS updates encroach over the already limited space and that is a major reason people prefer to simply reinstall macOS
There are quite a few steps in the reinstallation process to be followed
Before we begin with the reinstallation, there are a few things we must keep in check. Back up your essential data, once the device is renewed with a new copy of the OS, the existing data may not be there. Once you have finished initializing the backup you might want to sign out of your applications. Some services limit the number of instances which can be signed into, so you would want to avoid losing access to such apps. Finally, wind up the pre-requisite steps by signing out of Apple services like iCloud and iTunes. One thing to consider before reinstalling macOS is to prevent users from upgrading the OS by themselves. Read more about it here.
Gone are the days when we could use the DVD provided with the Mac that we purchased. Due to the absence of an optical drive, we must reinstall the macOS through the recovery mode.
If simply reinstalling macOS is the goal, then you can skip this step and go forward to the next. To truly reinstall macOS you’ll need to erase your disk. To achieve this:
Now that we’re back on the macOS utility menu, you can proceed with why you’re here.
While you wait, grab a cup of coffee and take a journey with us exploring the online security risks in Mac and how to combat them.
Once you see the Welcome screen your Mac is back to factory defaults. If the Mac is going to see a new owner, then pressing ⌘+Q at this point will shut down the laptop and the new owner can set it up according to their liking. Unless the Mac is going to a new home, continue to be guided throughout the setup.
Congratulations! You have now reinstalled macOS. Let’s set it up.
You are now facing the welcome screen.
Now you wait for the computer to set up and there you have it. A new instance of macOS.
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