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Wipe & Rebuild: Using the Time Machine to restore

I have a 2008 MacBook Pro; Software  OS X 10.9.2; Processor  2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; Memory  4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. What is the smartest way to completely wipe out everything on this computer and rebuild it. The ultimate goal is to remove all the junk of this Mac and reload just the app that I want

I use Time Machine for backing up- a concern is that if I use TM to restore, I will be right back where I started-true? How can I prevent that from happening.
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R. Andrew KoffronCommented:
just put your OS install on a 8GB USB and boot form the USB, when setup started go into Disk Utility, and create a new partition

You can use http://diskmakerx.com/ Diskmaker to make the bootable USB.

once it's all new and shiny, access the TC and copy back info you need.
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jacs55Author Commented:
Only answered half of my question and didn't provide much detail.
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