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Regarding non-essential programs that are somehow required.

by Euleris#1 / November 24, 2015 11:29 AM PST

In the MAC O.S. system certain programs which should be non- essential are 'built' into the system so if they are removed the whole system might become unstable. Like Garage Band or Notes in the Mac O.S.X system ; if they are deleted even accidentally the whole system acts up. Shouldn't non-essential programs be independent of the whole system stability?

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No. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2015 11:33 AM PST

Let's say there is some expectation that the preview of files is expected by today's users.

That preview is usually handled by say Finder if it's minor and by apps when needed. There's now a big expectation of today's users that these views work but many users don't want to know how it all works.

So the OS does work fine without your noted apps but today's users may not want what happens when we remove apps. Again the OS is fine.

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About removing Garage band.
by Euleris#1 / November 24, 2015 1:02 PM PST
In reply to: No. Here's why.

I tried to remove Garage band with a third party program and it warned me of instability. I also deleted a lot of the free space with disk utility and had to reload a basic operating system from the internet that was from the disk recovery ( or something like that) and Idid get most of the Mac O.S.working again but it was missing the Garage Band and Notes and some of the other programs were 'acting funny'. Do I have to reinstall the whole Mac O.S.X again?

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No. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2015 1:39 PM PST

Before making big changes I backup my system. This way I can go back to what worked.

The OS should work fine but apps may act up if they rely on other apps to provide a service or feature. With disc space reaching new low prices I only find folk that are obsessive about "I want a clean OS" tend to get into trouble.

I read your second reply and the OS seems OK. Just some app issues.

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Restore Garage Band from your Time Machine backup
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 24, 2015 6:13 PM PST

You "should" be able to remove all the iLife suite, iPhoto, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie and the like without having any detrimental effect on the rest of the system.

Although they are bundled with a new Mac, I don't think that they are included on the Recovery disk.


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How about some comment on 3rd party Mac "cleaners"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2015 6:17 PM PST

After a few run-ins, I consider most if not all toxic.

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Tried to delete facetime..
by Euleris#1 / November 29, 2015 3:37 AM PST

I just recently tried to delete FaceTime from Mac O.S.X and the program said it couldn't because FaceTime was essential to the Mac O.S. ..?

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Re: remove facetime
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 29, 2015 5:12 AM PST

Why did you want to remove it?
What's your question?


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Why did I want to remove facetime?
by Euleris#1 / December 9, 2015 1:04 PM PST
In reply to: Re: remove facetime

I tried to remove facetime because I never used it and I couldn't because according to some app removers if I did it would cause stability problems. Why did Apple set it up like that?

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