Install Mac OSX on a new MBP?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by evisa, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. evisa macrumors member

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    I'm sure this sounds like a really dumb question, but I'm new to Mac, and I was wondering: do I have to use the two discs to install on my new MBP, or is Mac OSX already installed onto it? I was thinking the latter, but then... why would they include it in the package?
     
  2. vi2867 macrumors 6502

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    Open up your box and plug it in, and your ready to go...
     
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The operating system and bundled applications are already installed. The discs are there for recovery purposes, i.e., if you need to reinstall the operating system.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    OS X comes pre-installed, so you don't need to do anything to get up and running. Some people like to reinstall from the discs right away to make the OS a bit more lean, but it's not really necessary, particularly for less-experienced folks who should probably have a look at most things that come with the Mac.

    In addition to providing you with a way to reinstall your system should ever run into serious problems (or just want to have a clean slate at some point), there is also optional software on the discs that doesn't get pre-installed.
     
  5. vi2867 macrumors 6502

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    They include the discs in case you need to re-install OS X or make repairs to the system...:)
     
  6. evisa thread starter macrumors member

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  7. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    You can reinstall OSX if you want to...

    I did and got rid of the things that I didn't want, saved some HD space.

    Might not seem like a lot of space now but in a year or two or three it might make a difference and doing a reinstall then will be a bigger pain.
     
  8. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Its simply a matter of what everyone else has said, but they also have the Apple Hardware Test on them, and (hopefully not) if you ever need to ring AppleCare with a possible hardware defect, they will ask you to run the Apple Hardware Test. For this reason I keep my OS X Install Disks handy (ie, keeping them in the box in my room, and not in the loft or whatever).
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Out of curiosity, how were you posting on the forums? Were you using the MacBook or some other computer?
     

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