Skip navigation

Second Hand Macbook Admin question

259 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 4:23 AM by LowLuster RSS
jacob_900 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
May 14, 2013 3:34 AM



Today I am buying an Early 2011 Macbook Pro from a friend however I have a question about adding my Apple ID and account to the Macbook. My plan is to set up an account for me and then change it to the Admin account without deleting my friends account so I dont have to buy and reinstall Mountain Lion, Garageband, Iphoto etc but I still have full admin privileges. Basically I never access his account but it remains on the Mac allowing me use of his preinstalled software. Would this work or am I better off wiping the Mac and starting from scratch buying Mountain Lion, Word etc?


Thank you lots for taking the time to read this!



Mac Pro
  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,785 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 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.

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,785 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 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 Or something like that.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.