8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 7:31 PM by Peugeotguy
Peugeotguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, does anyone know how to re-create the "welcome" screen that one gets when one buys a brand new Mac and spells out "welcome" in several languages? I recently bought a used MacBook Pro for my cousin. I'm going to go through it to make sure everything works. I intend to "zero" out the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Snow Leopard. I'd like to put the icing on the cake and have the "welcome" screen come up when she first turns it on. I'm especially interested because she's trading up from a PC to this MacBook Pro and I know that the "welcome" screen asks later if you want to transfer your old files to this new Mac, and gives you a choice of transferring from a PC and I assume it give instructions on how to do it (I've never owned a PC so I've never had to transfer files from a PC), so I don't know what is says). Thanks!


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    If you will erase the disk and install Snow Leopard again, turn off the computer when the OS X installation has finished and give your Mac to your cousin. When the MacBook turns on, "Welcome" will show

  • 2. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    Peugeotguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear mende1: thank you for your reply. I guess what I really meant to ask is is there a way after erasing the disk and installing Snow Leopard again and going through the "welcome" screen images and all…is there a way after the fact of reseting it so when my cousin turns it on for the first time that it will again show the "welcome" screen? Thank you.

  • 3. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Press Command and S keys while your computer is starting, and type:

     

    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone && shutdown -h now

    It will show Welcome screen the next time you turn on the computer

  • 4. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    Peugeotguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear mende1: thank you very much!

  • 5. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You're welcome

  • 6. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    Peugeotguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear mende1: I just now tried to do what you told me how to get the welcome screen to show again on start-up, and it doesn't seem to work. I held down command and S keys when starting up and I don't see any way to enter the string of characters. Am I supposed to enter the characters in Terminal or something? Thanks again.

  • 7. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You have to type the command yourself. Then, the computer will shut down, and in the next startup, the Welcome screen will show up

  • 8. Re: New "Welcome" screen
    Peugeotguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Mende1, thanks again, but I still don't understand. Do I start up with command S keys held down and then type your string into Terminal and press enter? I tried that several times and it didn't work. Thanks.