Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 10:45 PM (in response to asyal11)
It will come to you with a clean install. Why would you do a clean install?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 11:03 PM (in response to Kappy)
Just incase it comes with lion. I want to start fresh with mountain lion.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 11:16 PM (in response to asyal11)
When Mountain Lion is available you can simply upgrade Lion. There is no reason to do a clean install.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2012 4:51 AM (in response to asyal11)
Hi, my Retina Macbook Pro is scheduled to arrive between August 3 and August 9th. In the event that Mountain Lion is not pre installed, can I do a clean install before I set up my user account and all the other stuff? I would do this by downloading the installer.app from my other computer and creating a bootable USB drive. Is this a good idea, or should I just set it up first, then do a clean install? Thanks!
It is possible that the download on the other Mac won't have the necessary drivers for your new MacBook Pro. However, Since they've been released, it is likely the base Mountain Lion might work.
However, erasing the drive also erases all the bundled software. You'd have to then go to the Mac App Store and reinstall all the iLife programs that came pre-installed. I don't know how the App Store keeps track of bundled software licenses, but if it is tied to the OS somehow, you might have to purchase the iLife apps because of your desire to "clean" install.
Since there are almost no good reasons to do a clean install on a Mac, especially one that is fresh from the box, you are just causing yourself lots of problems by doing so.