Restoring mac osx

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macmancan, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. macmancan macrumors newbie

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    hello mac man's and wolman's,


    My osx is running but I forgot the password and I'm still a little bit of a mac newbie.So if I reinstall the osx from my desktop will I start out with a clean slate with restored memory or what?
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    If you boot from the install disk, you'll see an option to reset passwords somewhere in the top bar. No need to reinstall.
     
  3. macmancan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    thank you for helping me out there, i'll try it.:)
     
  4. macmancan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmmmm

    I put in my install disk. one of the folders had the install file. which of the other file's do I choose? Just wondering If i did decide to reinstall the osx would it hurt my memory or would it just overwrite the last account? And when I say hurt my memory I mean loosing more space. Help please.
     
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  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Don't bother reinstalling. Are you sure there isn't a Reset Password option in one of the menus (possibly the Installer menu depending on the version of the OS)? :)
     
  7. m2uk macrumors regular

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    Slight tangent

    But I am selling my Mac Mini (Intel Solo) having upgraded to a dual. Is there a way I can delete/reformat Tiger so that it, to the new seller, appears like the "virgin install" with the spinning welcome screen and let them enter their user accounts etc. The buyer knows it is used but I feel it would enhance the experience for them. I have vague memories of resetting these in Windows years ago with a custom install but obviously it isn't the same in MacLand:)

    Thanks
     
  8. dejo Moderator

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    Just reinstall OS X and shut off the computer when you get to the Welcome screen, I believe.
     
  9. macmancan thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    No problem. Glad to help. :cool:
     
  11. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    That is correct sir. Do this, and a virgin she will be.
     
  12. m2uk macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the virgin restoration advice as well (I just did it this morning on the Mac Mini and she is good to go!). Cheers
     

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