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I have a new iMac running Mountain Lion.  I have transferred all my stuff from my old iMac which is running Lion.

1. I am giving my old iMac to my daughter and understand that I should wipe the old passwords, usernames, etc. out by reinstalling Lion.  But will my present applications still be there?  I have a few that I want to share with her.

 

2. Right now the old and new Macs are connected to my wireless network using a Time Capsule.  I want to also gift that original Time Capsule to my daughter.  Could someone reiterate the steps I need to clean the TC for her and let her start her own wireless network, etc.?

 

3. I have a new, larger Time Capsule to connect.  When I do that, will I be able to just join the wireless network I already have set up, so I don't have to change passwords, etc.?  I can only connect one TC at a time to my modem...so what's the best way to go about setting the new one up?

 

Feeling very inadequate, as I've been working most of the afternoon on issues...please make your answers simple.  

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  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 5:01 PM (in response to Nancy Saxhaug)

    Nancy Saxhaug wrote:

     

    I have a new iMac running Mountain Lion.  I have transferred all my stuff from my old iMac which is running Lion.

    1. I am giving my old iMac to my daughter and understand that I should wipe the old passwords, usernames, etc. out by reinstalling Lion.  But will my present applications still be there?  I have a few that I want to share with her.

    If you erase the internal HD and reinstall Lion, it will be just like it was when new -- only the default Apple apps.  If you don't erase, all sorts of things may remain. 

     

    What version of OSX did the old iMac come with?  If it wasn't Lion, and you got Lion from the App Store, you need to reinstall whatever the Mac came with, or Snow Leopard, to comply with the Lion license.

     

    If you have paid apps, giving a copy to someone else may be a violation of those licenses.

     

     

    2. Right now the old and new Macs are connected to my wireless network using a Time Capsule.  I want to also gift that original Time Capsule to my daughter.  Could someone reiterate the steps I need to clean the TC for her and let her start her own wireless network, etc.?

    Ah, an easy one.    Just erase it, with the Disks tab of Airport Utility.   See the green box in #Q5 of Using Time Machine with a Time Capsule if you're not sure how to do that.

     

     

    3. I have a new, larger Time Capsule to connect.  When I do that, will I be able to just join the wireless network I already have set up, so I don't have to change passwords, etc.?  I can only connect one TC at a time to my modem...so what's the best way to go about setting the new one up?

    You can join the wireless network (an "extended network"), or if it's close enough, it would probably be better to connect the new TC to one of the ports on the old one (a "roaming network").

     

    See Wi-Fi base stations: Extending the range of your wireless network by adding additional Wi-Fi base stations (one of Apple's better support articles -- lots of explanations and diagrams).

     

    I'd suggest browsing the first three sections, then click the "Steps to add ..." section, then the one you want.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 6:15 PM (in response to Nancy Saxhaug)

    Nancy Saxhaug wrote:

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    I'll have to figure out a way to purchase Mountain Lion for her without having it licensed to me.

    To be sure, the best way is to reinstall Snow Leopard, but don't set up any user accounts -- just power it off.  Then when she starts it up, she can use her AppleID, so it becomes associated with the Mac and also use it to purchase Mountain Lion.

     

    #2: will just erasing do away with my password and wireless network info?

    No.  Just the data.

    Or do I have to do the reset button as well?

    Yes. 

     

     

    #3: the old Time Capsule will be 160 miles away, so I will only have the new TC.  If I unplug the old and connect the new, will I have the option to join the existing network?

    Oh, sorry, I didn't understand that.  I took "I can only connect one TC at a time to my modem" to mean they'd be in the same physical area permanently.

     

    Disconnect and power the old one off, and set the new one up "from scratch." 

     

    Or, to set it up just like the old one, before you erase and reset the old one, select it via Airport Utility and select File > Export Configuration from the menubar.  When you go to set up the new one, Import the saved file.

     

    Sorry to be so ignorant in this area!

    Nobody was born knowing it! 

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 8:44 AM (in response to Nancy Saxhaug)

    Great!  

     

    Keep us posted!

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