MacBook Air is a fantastic computing device but it lacks optical drive and includes a tiny flash drive for reinstalling Mac OS X which might be cause a habit of becoming misplaced. Even you can’t always take it with you when the situation calls for it. But don’t worry at all, using a Disk Utility, you can easily install Mac OS X, or even use the Apple Hardware Test with a piece of Utility software that comes preloaded on Snow Leopard. Follow the instructions carefully to Remotely Install Mac OS X on your MacBook Air.
- Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or (or Tiger/PC with the Remote Install Mac OS X utility already installed)
- Wireless or wired network connection
- A disc to share
How to Remotely Install Mac OS X on your MacBook Air
- launch the Mac OS X install disc using on the computer you’ll be sharing from
NOTE – Computer should be running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or it can be a Mac with OS X Tiger running this Apple utility. If you find you don’t have this particular application on your Mac then download it from here.
- Open the Remote Install Mac OS X application (located in /Applications/Utilities)
- Now continue through the Remote Install Mac OS X utility to share the disc, and
- Click on Mac OS X install disc that you just inserted then click Continue
NOTE – You don’t require to insert any disc into the host Mac, you still can share a copy of the Apple Hardware Test. This is really great when you need to test a Mac, but don’t have the disc on-hand.
- Now On the next screen, you will be prompted select the sharing medium. Select AirPort if you are connecting through the wireless network or select ethernet if you are connecting through the wired network
NOTE – Keep in mind that both of the Macs must be connected to the same network
- Now you will need to Restart the computer that you are sharing the disc with. Hold down the option key while you restart the computer and keep the key held down until you see the list of available boot devices
- Now Select your network from the drop-down menu (at the bottom of the screen) and Click the disc when it appears in the boot device screen
NOTE – If you are booting using the AirPort option, then Select wireless network but if you’re using ethernet, the network disc should show up automatically.
- After that Click on continue button in the Remote Install Mac OS X utility until you get the screen as shown below.
- When you done, Remote Install Mac OS X utility will then begin sharing the disc that’s inserted in your Mac across the network to your MacBook Air.
- That is it..
NOTE – Make sure that you keep the Remote Install Mac OS X utility application open while you’re sharing the disc. When you finished the sharing select Quit and restart the Mac you’re sharing to.
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