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Part VI: Appendixes > The Clean Install

A.5. The Clean Install

In Mac OS 9 and Windows, the clean install is considered an essential troubleshooting technique. It entails installing a second System Folder or WINDOWS/WINNT folder—a fresh one, uncontaminated by the detritus left behind by you and your software programs.

In general, though, you and your software can't invade the Mac OS X System folder. The kind of gradual corruption that could occur in those older operating systems is theoretically impossible in Mac OS X, and therefore the need to perform a clean install is almost completely eliminated.


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