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    HELP! Lost all my applications are gone
    Hey,

    My macbook will not open any of its applications and it is as if they do not exist. They are not inside my trash can. What happens is whenever I click on an application such as Safari a "?" will appear where the icon for Safari is. I tried to reinstall Safari and a couple of other apps via USB, but it says the computer does not have the right program to open this file.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks a bunch,

    yesh

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    Does this happen when you launch the applications from the dock or directly from within the applications folder ?

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    Agreed with McBie. Open the Applications folder. Are the Apps still there? Do they launch from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeshnacauf View Post
    I tried to reinstall Safari and a couple of other apps via USB, but it says the computer does not have the right program to open this file.
    If this is the case, one of two things could have happened: either pkg files are no longer associated with Installer or Installer is gone. If other applications are gone, it sure looks like something has had a field day removing apps. If this is the case though, something had elevated privileges since Installer is in a directory that requires it (/System/Library/CoreServices). Enough of the technical talk though.

    What have you done recently on your computer? What did you do right before all of this happened?
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    Yes it does not open the application either way. Even if I go to the applications folder they still will not open. I am the one that deleted them permanently but, not on purpose. They do not exist on the computer so I am asking whats the next step into re installing them because when I tried to re-install them via USB it said the computer does not have the program to open this.

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    Lets go back to basics and tell us what computer you have, what OS you are running and why you are using a USB to install apps.
    I don't quite get it..... but that's probably me. -_-

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    What did you do that deleted these applications? Which ones did you delete?

    If you can't open a pkg file (the icon looks like a brown box with yellow boxes inside), right click it > Open With > change the dropdown to Installer > "Change All..."
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    I deleted them through the folder they were in. Then went forth to delete them from the trsh bin.

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    2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (P7550 or P8400

    Mac OS X 10.5.7
    w Time Machine

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    Then why are you using a USB stick to install and not restoring the apps from Time Machine ?
    Also, what model of Mac do you have, you only told us the model of CPU -_-

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    Time Machine will not open or I would

    Thanks for the quick replies

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    Have you tried Vansmith's suggestions in post 7 above.
    What model of Mac do you have ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeshnacauf View Post
    I deleted them through the folder they were in. Then went forth to delete them from the trsh bin.
    Which applications did you delete? Did you delete everything? Which folder did you delete these applications from?
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    i deleted every app except for itunes i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeshnacauf View Post
    i deleted every app except for itunes i think.
    The BIG question is...why did you delete everything?? And if everything truly was deleted (and you can't seem to access your Time Machine backup)...then you're going to have to reinstall everything from original install disks!

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