6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 6:53 PM by chrisfromgastonia
chrisfromgastonia Level 5 Level 5

Ok i have a late 2011 Macbook pro running Mountain Lion, I want to restore it to factory settings and not have any of my information remaining on it so I can give it to my son and let him start his own account. That said, my knowledge is to start the computer while prssing the alt button, follow the next steps that i saw, then restore the osx. Is this correct? And will it remove any affiliation with me and my apple id, so he can start his own account/apple id?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 8GB RAM
Solved by sidonsoft on Nov 6, 2012 4:22 PM Solved

Your data will be gone, the computer will ask for a new name, and your apple id will be unlinked.


Are you buying a new mac?

Reply by sidonsoft on Nov 6, 2012 4:15 PM Helpful

When you create the new user account it would pretty much be like a fresh install on the mac, just drop any apps into the trashcan you don't want him to have it will be default settings, wallpaper, no apple ID or email account etc.  If you want to do a fresh install do you have a recovery partition or the install media?




everything you need is here:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718


Delete the partition before you do the recovery or else it will just re-install ontop of your current data, which is what you don't want.

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