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I accidentally removed the Mac App from my Mac Mini while removing the iTunes 10.5 Beta. How can I reinstall the Mac App Store?

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For a similar problem with 10.6.8, see… – patrix Nov 13 '11 at 15:39
Unfortunately patrix I can't use the 10.6.8 update combo to fix this :/ – user13595 Nov 13 '11 at 17:22
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Here's the .app file off my machine:

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Awesome, thank you. I'm restoring my machine to see if that will work from a Time Machine backup right now. But if that doesn't work I'll try your copy. I'll get back to you if everything works out okay. – user13595 Nov 13 '11 at 17:17
Also, before I started the restore, the Mac App Store blank icon was still in my apps folder and it wouldn't let me delete it. – user13595 Nov 13 '11 at 17:20
Everything worked, thanks guys for your help :) – user13595 Nov 13 '11 at 18:34
I can confirm that the .app file posted by XAleXOwnZX worked. Thanks very much! – donturner Jan 17 '14 at 10:28
@donturner hehehe you just installed malware! Just kidding, enjoy :p glad I could help – AMomchilov Jan 17 '14 at 22:18

oh, good question. Maybe install a basic Lion system onto an external HD and copy the app from there? Or you don't have a backup like Time Machine or anything similar, do you?

Maybe someone with an identical version of the OS can zip the file and send it to you.

I think that whatever way you wanna do it, copying the app from one Mac to another should work. As long as the OS versions match of course...

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Okay, sweet. I just did a backup with Time Machine a few hours ago. I'll try to get ahold of a friend who has 10.7.2 that can copy it over for me. Also I think I can reinstall it from the Lion Recovery, but i'm not sure. That's what they seem to be telling me on the Apple Discussions board – user13595 Nov 13 '11 at 16:01

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