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Re: Mathematica "Fresh Start" on a new computer?

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  • Subject: [mg112835] Re: Mathematica "Fresh Start" on a new computer?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 05:46:19 -0400 (EDT)

1) Removing the app is easy.  If you really want to get rid of all supporting
files, too, then you'll have to do it manually.

2) Not including documents and any other files you may have created, you can
find supporting files in these locations:

* The itself
* $UserBaseDirectory of any account which has used Mathematica
* $BaseDirectory (/Library/Mathematica)
* Mathematica may have also installed the Wolfram Notebook Indexer to be used by
Spotlight.  This is available as a free download, so you wouldn't be infringing
any license if it's still there, and I'm not immediately certain how to
uninstall it.

3) Depending upon exactly how you're licensed, you may have to contact Wolfram
Research to do the system transfer.  There's no special
deauthorization/authorization, but you do have to make sure you have a password
which works on the new system, which is related to the request for a system


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Fri, 1 Oct 2010 05:40:52 -0400 (EDT), AES wrote:
> Moving to a newly purchased MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard OS, from an
> much older MacBook with Leopard OS and probably a decade's worth of
> remnants of older systems, unused apps, earlier software upgrades,
> partially removed software, and other cruft.  So:
> 1)  Is there a simple way (a "deinstall" option) to remove _all_ traces
> of Mathematica app and supporting files from older machine, before
> migrating to
> the newer machine?   (I don't mind losing any customizations I've done
> or prefs I've set; and I'll save all my personal .nb notebooks
> separately).
> 2)  If not, then a way to find and remove all Mathematica-related files
> manually?  (.)
> 3)  Since I have the Mathematica 7.0.1 CD and know the serial and license
> numbers, I don't expect any trouble reinstalling it on the new machine
> -- but just in case, are there any special  de-authorizing or
> re-authorizing steps required?  (All the crap with Apple's iPod and iPad
> authorization nonsense has me spooked.)

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