While trying to do a clean install of Mavericks onto a MacBook Air I received the error: "This copy of the install OS X Mavericks application can't be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading."

I found the error wasn't due to a corrupted Mavericks installer, but an incorrect date setting, caused by a flat battery. Since I had already blown away the previous Mac OS X install I needed to fix the time while booted from the Mavericks installer.

If you're experiencing this issue, here's what to do:

Boot into the Mavericks Installer. You can learn how to make bootable Mavericks USB here.

Open Terminal (Utilities → Terminal)

Check what the date is currently set to by typing "date". If it's incorrect type:

	date mmddHHMMYYYY
Substitute
mm = current month (e.g. February = 02)
dd = current date (e.g 31)
HH = current hour (e.g. 6pm = 18)
MM = current minute (e.g. 05)
YYYY = current year (e.g. 2013)

Hit return and quit Terminal. Now attempt the Mavericks install again, if it fails again it's not a date issue and I would try downloading and recreating your Mavericks installer.

 

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