3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 10:39 AM by Stone1989
Stone1989 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Ok First off just want to say i am new to mac's and i was able to pick this mac up from a school that was closing the only issue that i am having is the school did not clear the os back to factory nor did they give an os disc it is running os 8.6 but i am locked out of the main admin account!

 

I guess my question is, is there a way for me to reset the os without a disc (can not afford to buy an os at this time) or is there a way for me to install a new copy of the os via usb? If so how would i go about doing it i have been searching all over the internet and can't find any info on it so i came here to the hub of apple! ^.^

 

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PS. Thanks for the future help in this matter.... ^.^


iMac, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier
  • 1. Re: Old iMac os Help Needed
    dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)

    It looks like your iMac can be operated with any OS from 8.6 up to OS X 10.3.9. You need to beg or borrow  a retail installation disk in order to possibly reset the password (I do not know if it can be done with 8.6). More likely you would wish to do a new install.

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  • 2. Re: Old iMac os Help Needed
    Stone1989 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks i did not know that i could run anything newer than 8.6 on it i have a friend that has a os x 10.x.x disc just need to get ahold of him to borrow it. ^.^ thanks again

  • 3. Re: Old iMac os Help Needed
    Stone1989 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sry hit the wrong button ment to hit this solved my problem but mouse is acting funny is there a way that i can fix that