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Mac just arrived in mail! But it has a user/password.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:10 pm    Post subject: Mac just arrived in mail! But it has a user/password. Reply with quote

My Mac Mini just arrived from eBay, but when I turned it on, it goes to the login screen for "John" and wants a password.

How do I delete the old user and all their files, etc to start over?

I don't have install discs, etc, which wouldn't matter anyway since the Mac Mini has no disc drive! Very Happy
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Edit: just discovered that the disc is encrypted! Gah.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.apple.com/osx/recovery/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I just did a lot of crazy hacky things (some of it with an Apple support technician who didn't seem to care that I was trying to break into a computer without a password, surprised me!) and after deleting Bootcamp and a bunch of other stuff, the original owner got back to me with the password, so I was able to log in and create an admin account.

Nice!

So my question is what should I do to wipe out the old stuff? Seems that the old user may have been a "power user" and done lots of modifications to the OS, etc. Is a new user enough, or do I need to reinstall anything to get the system clean?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would be better off by doing a clean install.

What type of mini is it?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea clean install it because you dont want to get busted for piracy and a lot of apple sellers on ebay like to load pirated software and sell it to suckers not saying you are one but most ebay sellers do this and don't really care i would go to apple and purchase mountain lion on a usb thumb stick so you have a good working reinstallation media vs not having one
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
yea clean install it because you dont want to get busted for piracy and a lot of apple sellers on ebay like to load pirated software and sell it to suckers not saying you are one but most ebay sellers do this and don't really care i would go to apple and purchase mountain lion on a usb thumb stick so you have a good working reinstallation media vs not having one


Why is this necessary? What's wrong with using the recovery partition that is on the HD?

We are talking about Lion or Mountain Lion already installed? Correct?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the recovery partition connects to the app store to verify if you legally purchased the software through the app store if it cannot verify the software with the app store it will not install and tell you to purchase a legal copy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
the recovery partition connects to the app store to verify if you legally purchased the software through the app store if it cannot verify the software with the app store it will not install and tell you to purchase a legal copy


Interesting.

I've only had the opportunity to half partake in restoring one of the demo models on our sales floor. It had ML preinstalled. We never had to do this. The machine never had an account set up.

I thought it only needs to connect to the Internet to do updates.
What if you've never set up an Apple ID or if you purchased Lion on a USB stick.. Is apple going to force you to set up an account and agree to their terms and conditions? What if you are working out of town in the bush and you don't have an internet connection?

I'm going to have a chat with our techs after lunch.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No the usb sticks and the network installation from one mac to another dont require this step if the copy was purchased from the app store and you try to use the recovery partition on that machine it ask's you to log into to verify the download which is a real pain in the can
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