# Does restoring from Time Machine also restore installed applications?

I am planning to upgrade my late 2009 MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) by replacing the 250GB hard drive with a new 1TB drive. I have been maintaining Time Machine backups.

I plan to install the new drive and do a fresh install of Snow Leopard and then restore using the Migration Assistant. This is my first time with Time Machine 'Restore' so two simple questions:

1. Will restore, restore my OSX patches and installed applications?
2. Does Time Machine care if the new Drive is bigger than the original drive?
• Thomas, I'd assume that the issue with using the same account name is running into the problem of not knowing if you are transferring from the backup or the new system user. Eg. "Do you wish to transfer files from 'User' to 'User'?" You can see how that would get confusing. If you make your new account name "User2" or something, just until you finish the transfer, then you can rename it to "User" when all is said and done. – user41333 Feb 7 '13 at 5:56

1. Yes - if you haven't excluded the /Applications folder from the Time Machine backups.