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MAC OS X loading

I loaded my iMAC with MAC OS X (Tiger) sometime in Nov 06. Ever since then my MAC has not been the same. I cannot launch several programs to include: Safari, System preferences, MAC Update. Any program that requires internet access to perform its functions is not functioning. On the MAC website they want me to delete the operating system but that's impossible because the OS is running. I have deleted the old OS but it will not stay deleted, when I restart it all returns. When I insert the Tiger disk into the combo drive it reads it but will not allow me to reload the OS or uninstall the OS and return to the old OS. Only Netscape will launch and allow access to the internet. My question is, how do I uninstall OS X (Tiger) and reinstall? Thank you again SIGO

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Open Disk Utility and Erase your entire disk, after you have backed everything up that you want to save.   That should give you a better clean start.   Then insert your install disk and follow prompts.   It should be just like a new machine.   Of course you will have to re-configure all of your internet settings, but I believe the installer opens a Set UP program after the system install for you to enter all of this info.  Just have it on hand.   Safari should re-install from your system re-install as it is included.   I don't know why you would need Netscape, but if you want to use it, I would download the latest version and re-instal it too.   I would also reinstall any other third party programs you want from scratch as well.
It will take a little time, so set aside an afternoon or maybe a day when you can work uninterruped and methodically.
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Booting from the install disk should give you the option to reinstall it. During that process there are settings to delete the contents of the drive to ensure a clean instal. Remember however that this will wipe any personal files from the Mac as well and so back everything important up to external drives.

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