While setting up new Mac Mini I checked the option to move files and settings from my old Mac to the new Mac. The old Mac was a 2008 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.3 Panther.

Everything seemed to go well and all my apps copied over to the new machine, but when I open Finder I get the old Finder window, the one from OS X 10.3 Panther. If I open a folder using Spotlight I get an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Finder window.

How can I fix things so my system only ever uses the Mountain Lion version of Finder?

  • Did you move/copy Finder to a non-standard location? How do you open the "old" Finder? – Gerry Oct 16 '12 at 16:51
  • Wow… You upgraded from 10.3 to 10.8?! – duci9y Oct 16 '12 at 17:01
  • I am not sure I understand how you managed to install OS 10.3 Panther (which was PowerPC only) on a 2008 MBPro (which is an Intel machine). Certainly none of the PowerPC apps can run on 10.8. What is it you have been trying to accomplish? – user8472 Oct 16 '12 at 17:05
  • i'm sorry i said panter but meant leopard – Jan Oct 16 '12 at 17:21

The only way to fix this is to do a fresh erase and install to Mountain Lion and when you restore from the previous backup, do NOT transfer the settings. FYI, if you made a "Time Machine" backup you had to be much newer than 10.3.

If this is the case then the backup should be fully compatible. Just do not put a check mark in the settings box. I often recommend you also leave out "Other files & folders", but that is your call.

  • ok. do i need to make a bootable usb flash drive for mountain lion to do a fresh install? – Jan Oct 16 '12 at 17:22
  • No, you can run the fresh install from the restore partition. Use the disk utility to erase the Macintosh HD partition and then run the installer. You should be ok. – Tony Tellez Oct 16 '12 at 17:28

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