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How to uninstall OS X El Capitan from Mac & downgrade to Yosemite

Apple has released the software called OS X El Capitan that’s meant to provide speed, stability and security to your computer. If your Mac computer happens to meet the specifications of the program, you can acquire the upgrade for free. This is great because the program offers not only a better and faster performance on your Mac, but it also offers you a Split View multitasking experience and a refined feature for your Apple Maps, Spotlight, Notes, Photos and Safari browser.

Most users prefer the brand-new look and performance of this program and the quick processing of tasks is a pleasing bonus. But the sad news is that the upgrade isn’t issue-free. There are issues with wireless connection and some applications, and it will continue on as El Capitan updates further continue on your computer so what can you do with these issues when waiting isn’t an option.

Most of the issues being reported include issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Safari and Photo application. For the Wi-Fi problems, users have complained that the upgrade has slowed down the Wi-Fi connection and there are some who complained that they couldn’t establish any connection. For the Bluetooth issue, pairing your Mac to the Magic Trackpad has become a problem since the upgrade doesn’t allow you to do so.

There are users who also complain about an annoying sidebar that keeps popping up in the updated Safari browser. As for the Photos application, there seems to be a message that states that “Photos must quit because the photo library has become unavailable or its data is corrupt.” Another issue that users would face in the Photos application is the fact that the pictures would come out green when you view them.

And as if it’s an icing on the cake, Microsoft Office Products that are meant for Mac start crashing. Of course, that’s a big issue if you’re using Microsoft Office for work. It’s been said that they’re working on how to fix the issue but it’s unclear when the issue can be fully fixed.

It’s no question whether or not Apple will address this issue because the brand will surely do. But then again, it’s not like most users can wait until Apple figures out how to eliminate the issues that the upgrade causes on the Mac. This is true for users that use their Mac for work and the upgrade is causing an issue on their work.

With that said, downgrading your Mac into the previous version that it had- the OS X version- temporarily will fix the issue that you’re facing. Furthermore, it’s important to note that once you downgrade into the old version, you should make sure that it’s accompanied with restoring all data. Below, you will find the steps that you need to undertake to uninstall the OS X El Capitan and reinstall the previous version- Yosemite- straight away so that you wouldn’t have to face work-related issues because of the upgrade.

Steps to Uninstall OS X El Capitan on your Mac.

Before you switch back to the previous OS version of your Mac, it’s important for you to weigh the issues that you’re facing. If the issues aren’t even that critical for you, then maybe stick with the upgraded software but switching back is crucial then you can switch back. If you’re choosing to switch back to the previous version, ensure that your Mac is connected to the internet.

Below are the steps that you should follow:

  1. Choose the Apple icon on the top left part of your desktop and then select Restart from the list that will appear.
  2. While the machine undergoes the process of restarting, press Command + R.
  3. After that, choose Disk Utility on your Mac OS X Utilities and then click on continue.
  4. There will be a start-up disk that will show up, highlight it and then hit the Erase tab.
  5. A new window will then appear, ensure that the OS X Extended (Journaled) is selected in the Format field and then you can rename the disk to a name of your preference.
  6. Proceed to then click on the Erase button and wait until the entire process is completed.

Reinstall the previous OS program that you initially had. (Yosemite)

  1. If you check under the Mac OS X Utilities, you will see the option to reinstall the Mac OS X.
  2. After following instructions that will get you to downgrade your software, make sure that you’re connected to the internet as the process happens or else it wouldn’t happen.
  3. You will then be asked to recover your data from the Time Machine backup. You can do it while the process is happening, or you can opt in doing it later by using the Mac OS X Utilities because it’ll also have the restore from Time Machine Backup option.

Protect your computer by installing a Security Software.

Whatever OS X version that you have on your computer, protecting your device from any virus should be the number one priority for any computer users. The rapid growth of viruses that’s specifically meant for Mac and that’s an issue that you should keep in mind or else you’re going to face more damage to your computer if you leave it unprotected.

  1. Download and install the Freshmac application on your device. To install it, simply double-click on the Freshmac.pkg file to start the installation process and then choose the destination disk and click on Continue. There will be a popup dialogue asking for your password to allow the process to happen. Key in your password and choose Install Software.
  2. After the installation process completes, an automatic scanning of your system will then proceed to happen, and it consists of 5 steps. It will scan the cache, logs, unused languages, trash and will check your Mac for any privacy issue.
  3. The scan displays the system health status of your computer and any number of issues that the scan has detected. If there’s any issue that the scan has seen, you can click the Fix Safely button to remove any of the junk files and clean and fix your computer.
  4. To check if the issue about the malware has been fixed, check to see if the lock screen is still there. If it is, then proceed to the Uninstaller option and locate any suspicious entry, choose the entry and click on Fix Safely to force-uninstall the malware.
  5. You can then proceed to the Temp and Startup Apps and you can have any suspicious items deleted if you want to.

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