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Remote Install Mac OS X
Remote Install Mac OS X
Original author(s)Apple Inc.
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseFebruary 12, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-02-12)
Stable release
1.1.1 / August 28, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-08-28)
Operating systemMac OS X
TypeRemote installer

Remote Install Mac OS X is a remote installer for use with MacBook Air laptops over the network. It works by having it run on a Macintosh or a Windows-based PC with an optical drive and then connecting over the network to a client MacBook Air (lacking an optical drive) to perform system software installs.

Remote Install Mac OS X was released as part of Mac OS X 10.5.2 on February 12, 2008.

Starting with the March 2009 version, the Mac Mini also supports Remote Install, allowing the DVD drive to be replaced with a second hard drive.

With the launch of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has omitted Remote Install.[1][2] A workaround is to enable Target Disk Mode.

See also


  1. ^ "Reinstalling software using Remote Install Mac OS X v10.5 and v10.6". Apple Inc. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Where is the "Remote Install Mac OS X" utility?". Apple Support Community. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
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