Reinstalling software using Remote Install Mac OS X

Use Remote Install Mac OS X on the remote computer whose optical disc drive you want to share when you want to do one of the following tasks on the MacBook Air:

  • Reinstall Mac OS X and other software that came with the MacBook Air
  • Reset the password
  • Use Disk Utility to repair the MacBook Air hard drive

Note: You can also perform these tasks using a MacBook Air SuperDrive. Refer to the next section. To use Remote Install Mac OS X:

  1. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 into the optical disc drive of the computer you are using with the Remote Disc feature.
  2. If the other computer is a Mac, open Applications > Utilities > Remote Install Mac OS X. On Windows, choose "Remote Install Mac OS X" from the Install Assistant.
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Remote Install Mac OS X helps you install Mac OS X on your MacBook Air.


Open this assistant on à Mac computer that has a Mac OS X install disc inserted in the optical drive. The assistant then guides you through setup and installation steps.

Click Continue to begin.

  1. Read the introduction and click Continue.
  2. Choose the install disc you want to use, and click Continue.
  3. Choose a network connection: AirPort, if you are using an AirPort network, or Ethernet, if the other computer is on an Ethernet network and you have an optional Apple USB Ethernet Adapter connecting the MacBook Air to the same network. Click Continue.
  4. Restart the MacBook Air and hold down the Option key as it starts up, until you see a list of available startup disks.
  5. Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
  6. If you chose AirPort as the network in step 5, on the MacBook Air choose the AirPort network from the pop-up list. If the network is secure, you are prompted for a password. You can enter a private network name by choosing the ellipsis (...) and typing the name.
  7. If you chose AirPort as the network in step 5, when you see the AirPort status icon indicating signal strength, click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
  8. You can now reinstall software, reset the password, or run Disk Utility.

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