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Just wondering if it's possible to see your System Prefs. in Time Machine as you would files and folders? I know you can do a migration with Time Machine to an entirely different Mac and still keep the exact same settings folders etc as on the old (which I think is incredible to do, bust by doing a back up) so your preferences must be in there somewhere. Is there a way to see them and restore them to previous?

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Just wondering if it's possible to see your System Prefs. in Time Machine as you would files and folders? I know you can do a migration with Time Machine to an entirely different Mac and still keep the exact same settings folders etc as on the old (which I think is incredible to do, bust by doing a back up) so your preferences must be in there somewhere. Is there a way to see them and restore them to previous?
Yes. The preference pane will be either in /Library/PreferencePanes or in yourhomefolder/Library/PreferencePanes.


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Oh ok sweet thanks for that help. I suppose there isn't a way to view the history of it and changes of it is there? thanks for the help anyways.

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Oh ok sweet thanks for that help. I suppose there isn't a way to view the history of it and changes of it is there? thanks for the help anyways.
Well once you've opened the folder that the file lays in, just go "back in time" using Time Machine. Right-click on the pane of interest and hit CMD-I (or right-click, Get Info). Up top, there's a section for "Version" that may or may not be present. If it isn't present, you may be able to use the "Last Modified" date to guess if it's a different version from what you have now.


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