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New MacBook Pro.  Am I now forced to register it?

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Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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Jun 1, 2012 7:31 PM

I have been using Macintosh a long time (1984).  I never register them, I don't want to register them.   I always bypass the registration process when setting up my computer.


However, now that Apple no longer includes an OS install disk (unfortunate in my opinion) am I now forced to register, if I ever need to reinstall the OS?


I have found elsewhere on the Internet various methods for making your own Lion bootable install DVD.  However these methods are written for people who have purchased Lion on the Apple Store.  How can I make a bootable install DVD when my computer came supplied with Lion?


I presently have five Macintoshes "authorized".   For reasons I don't specifically recall, I was forced to authorize some of my Macs that I did not want to. In fact, I do not want to “authorize” this new MacBook Pro (I will not be using it for movies or music etc.).

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to Ziatron)

    You can make a clone of your current disk, but to obtain an Installer image from Apple, it needs to be tied to an Apple-ID. (Otherwise they are inadvertently providing Mac OS X to everyone on the Internet for free.)


    The Installer image is the equivalent of the Installer portion of the Installer/Utilities DVD. You can extract a thumb drive or DVD image from it BEFORE you Install, but many of the files are simply moved into place during the Install, so the Installer image is consumed during the installation process, and is not available afterward.


    Your Hard drive contains a new about 550MB partition called "Recovery HD". This is the equivalent of the Utilities portion of the Installer/Utilities DVD. It can be accessed by Command-R at Startup, or selecting it by name in the Startup Manager (option key at Startup).


    If your Mac is a new model, it has updated firmware that can do Recovery or Install over the Internet from a cold start with a blank drive.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)

    Ever bought anything at the Mac App store? You can add Mac OS X 10.7 download for US$30. Tied to your Apple_ID, not your computer.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to Ziatron)

    Sorry for not being helpful, but is there a particular reason you don't want to register?

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 9:04 PM (in response to Ziatron)

    Is this the same thing as “authorizing” so that one can access music purchased on another Macintosh?


    replace my hard drive... no Internet

    If you have a working drive with a Recovery HD on it,

    OS X Lion: About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant


    can be used to copy Recovery HD to another drive. Including Firewire Target disk mode from another Mac.


    If you buy an Installer thumb drive or make an Installer DVD, you could install that version again and again. But it would probably carry your Apple_ID with it.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Jun 2, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to Ziatron)

    You DO NOT have to Register the Mac to reinstall the OS. Since your model came with Lion Pre-Installed all you have to do is boot to the Recovery HD partitiion and download the Lion install files.


    See this page for details on how to download the Lion install files from loading the Recovery HD files into a working Lion boot and downloading and saving the Lion install files.

    10.7: How to get a full Lion install disc for a new MacBook Air or Pro - Mac OS X Hints


    Then Use LionDiskMaker to create your own Lion Install USB thumb drive.


    Serial Serveur » Lion DiskMaker (US)

  • Slammer99uk Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 1:21 AM (in response to Ziatron)

    Are you talking about registering a new Mac with Apple or registering a new Mac for use with iTunes?


    The reason I ask is your mention of having 5 machines already registered which is the maximum number you can have authorised at once for your Apple ID on iTunes. If you want to add another, you will have to de-authorise one of the other 5. In iTunes, click the "store" menu item.


    If on the other hand I have the wrong end of the stick, ignore me



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)



    I'm lazy - I bought the Lion Installer dmg from the App Store then made a start-up flash drive using Lion DiskMaker. Note that on the download site the developer said that this worked with a 10.7.3 version but that the updated (from the App Store) 10.7.4 was not a guarantee at this time. I've updated mine (again, through the App Store) and haven't tried to make a bootable DVD or flash drive from the new version.


    Just heads up in case the OP wants to download through the App Store and use Lion DiskMaker. I don't have a spare flash drive around to try the new version but here's another 'crack' floating around MacWorld.


    Good luck to the OP!




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