Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 3:40 AM (in response to jacob_900)
He or you need to erase the complete drive and reinstall the original version of os x and the ilife apps from the original system dvd discs that came with that system or from the internet recovery system if that mac had lion originally installed on it when it was bought new.
You should not leave any version of os x installed on it from him.
He shouild also deactivate his itunes account and contact apple to remove that macs serial # from his apple id. Then you can register it under your own apple id.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 4:09 AM (in response to LowLuster)
Hi thanks for your speedy reply! I have just a few more questions sorry I'm not very good when it comes to technology especially Macs which I have no experience of!
When I have erased the drive (command R at startup and erase drive I presume?) will I then have to pay for a new version of Lion or can I just reinstall the new (internet) version under my ID? Also is there a way he can erase the macs serial # from his apple ID himself?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to jacob_900)
The real question is what version of os x came on that system originally. When it was bought new from apple.
That will determine what version of os x you need to start with.
If it came with lion then no you do not have to pay for it. That version of os x will always be available for that mac for free.
If it came with snow leopard, some of the early 2011s came with snow leopard and some came with lion preinstalled, Then that is the os you need to reinstall and then yes you would have to buy lion or mountain lion yourself.
If it did come with snow leopard you need the origina system discs. So find out what version of os x originally came on it. If it did come with snow leopard your friend should have the dvd discs that it came with. Otherwise you or him will need to order a replacement set from apple. You need those discs (that is if it did come with snow leopard preinstalled from the factory).
Not sure how the apple id change over process work. Use to be a link on the support page to get to the registered products for a apple id but lately I have not been able to find it. Maybe www.apple.com/support/profile. Or something like that.