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muskogeerabbit Calculating status...
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Dec 3, 2012 5:58 PM

I bought my iMac with Lion installed. I purchased Mountain Lion and upgradded it to Mountain Lion. I am getting ready to sell it and want to sell it with a clean install of Mountain Lion. I have a DVD that I burnrd on another Apple PC that I used to do the install on my iMac if that helps.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    You need to restore the iMac to Lion not Mountain Lion.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,285 points)

    muskogeerabbit wrote:


    No one will want to buy an iMack and have to go through the trouble of installing Mountain via the Internet. Mountain Lion was already purchased for this iMac and should not have to be purchased again.

    No, a license was purchased allowing you to run Mountain Lion on that Mac (or any other you own).

    It is not transferable, unless you want to give the new owner your AppleID and password.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)

    Mountain Lion was already purchased for this iMac and should not have to be purchased again.


    That is not correct. The copy of Mountain Lion you purchased is irrevocably tied to your Apple ID. You would do the buyer no favors installing a system that cannot be reinstalled without your Apple ID and password. Not to mention that it wouldn't be legal.


    See How to prepare your Mac for sale.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,285 points)

    There isn't a disk. See here:

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)

    Lion did not come on discs. Read the information at that link I gave you carefully. It tells you exactly how to reinstall your original Lion system.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)

    Unfortunately, this (download only) is the path Apple has chosen (as well as the caveat that the license is not transferable). Your buyer will need to download it; however, an idea: is there an Apple store within a reasonable distance? Have the buyer go there, purchase Mountain Lion and have the store download it for him. Then, when the download is finished, have him dismiss the installer and copy if from the Applications folder to another folder/drive for safekeeping (this must be done before it actually installs since the installer self destructs after the install is finished). After that, simply proceed with the install.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)

    Frankly, I don't know if that would work - it'll be "sitting" at the app store for your buyer, so that should be ok; as far as I know, the app store retains the settings of your Apple ID and machine ID - but I do not know if those settings are also buried somewhere in the OS system. You can try it - maybe it'll work; if it won't, I'm sure you'll get an error message and you can try the Apple store idea. Oh, and by the way, you said that your machine came with Lion? If that is preinstalled on the machine, you are allowed to make a one time transfer of the OS, but you will need to call Apple to accomplish that - this may involve some process/setting that Apple needs to do (I don't know the exact process since I've not had to do this, but just quoting what the license agreement stipulates) - this probably also has to do with ID's.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    You are trying to reinvent the wheel. If it were square I'd be there with you. Fortunetly it is round and it works properly. You have been given sound advise by several established participants to these forums. Follow them.


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