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Selling a new MacBook with Lion preinstalled

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Jun 25, 2012 3:21 PM

I have a just received a new 17" MacBook Pro as a (very nice) gift, but I have a new Retina MacBook Pro on order, so do not need the 17". I would therefore like to sell it, but whilst it has not been used for anything it has been through the initial setup.

I would like to do a clean install of Lion so the new owner gets the initial setup wizard when they start it up and it is not linked to me, but I get the feeling Apple are trying to make doing this difficult. Whilst I might be able to do a clean install from the Command-R recover disk, I get the feeling it will be tied to my AppleID which is what I'm trying to avoid. Even if I can do a clean OS install, I get the feeling iLife will be missing and will require downloading from the AppStore with my AppleID.

 

Does anyone have any experience of doing this, or any advice?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to Rors)
  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:30 PM (in response to Rors)

    If you boot in Recovery Mode, erase the main Macintosh HD partition and reinstall Lion, if the unit came with the OS from factory, the installer will confirm that it is Lion-eligible thru its serial no. and not request App Store authentication. However, I have no idea what will happen to iLife and if it will still be freely downloadable from the Store afterwards. I know for a fact that the model-specific Lion installer that Recovery Mode's Reinstall Lion option downloads and runs does NOT contain iLife.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,440 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:37 PM (in response to Rors)

    Re-boot while holding down Command + R. Use Disk Utility to erase the drive, then reinstall Lion. At the first screen where you select language, shut the computer down. Deliver it to the buyer. Tell the buyer to login to the Mac app store with his/her Apple ID to register iLife & redownload such. That's all you need to do.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to Rors)

    Rors wrote:

     

    I get the feeling it will be tied to my AppleID which is what I'm trying to avoid.

     

    The AppleID of last user to download Lion to the machine is obviously recorded at Apple, thus that can be used in investigation purposes, but it's not like the police are going to get a conviction based upon this sole evidence.

     

    Lion is not copy protected but the MacAppStore apps are, including iLife which you will have to erase to erase your ID info off the machine.

     

    Likely in short order the new user will buy something from MAS with their AppleID, therefore copy protection and computer ID's are then tied together, leaving you in the past as the last operator of the machine.

     

    Also I'm sure the IP address of the new user is also recorded when they Software Update or something.

     

     

    I think the only problem for you would be is if the next guy used your recently purchased machine outside your house, on your WiFi (that's still on the machine) and then commits a online criminal act.

     

    So I suggest as soon as you sell it, to change your WiFI SSID and password.

     

    WiFi security issues, at home and WiFi hotspots

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:39 PM (in response to ds store)

    From my experimentation, Lion Recovery appears to pull Wi-Fi configs from the main partition. Hence, once that is wiped, reinstalled and the Mac restarted, poof goes your data.

     

    Not that it is a Good Idea to change passwords on a regular basis, mind you.

  • NightNinjaPDX Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:46 PM (in response to Rors)

    Hold on to the 17" MacBook Pro because it is now a collector's item since Apple doesnt make them anymore.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:48 PM (in response to NightNinjaPDX)

    Now that's a thought. After you become totally disenchanted with the unupgradeable Retina when it turns out to be just expensive eyecandy...

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to Courcoul)

    Courcoul wrote:


    Lion Recovery appears to pull Wi-Fi configs from the main partition. Hence, once that is wiped, reinstalled and the Mac restarted, poof goes your data.

     

    So if you have a erased Macintosh HD partition and reboot the machine back into Recovery (to clear the RAM of the WiFi settings) you have to enter the WiFi settings manually to download Lion correct?

     

    Once Lion is installed, with not Wifi settings, if you reboot back into Recovery again, you have to enter your WiFi settings manually again correct?

     

     

    If you have Lion already configured with Wifi settings, and you boot into Recovery to only reinstall Lion, you don't have to enter Wifi settings right?

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