Bought a Used Mini.. Someone Else's Name

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zbrown00, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. zbrown00 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am new to Mac and just bought a used Mac Mini. Everything is working great, however the previous owner's name is still attached to it rather than mine, even though I've registered it using mine. It's not a big deal, it's just annoying to see someone else's name under the 'User' column, for example.

    Can anything be done to get his name replaced with mine?

    Thank you
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    Create a new admin account and delete his account.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  4. zbrown00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What's weird is that I did replace his admin account with mine and installed the OS again. But still, his name appears. I even went to the address book card and replaced his information with mine. Then, I went to the Activity Monitor and his name is there...
     
  5. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    Did you just install over the existing install, or did you erase the drive and install? Because that should have removed him.
     
  6. zbrown00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have no idea. Sorry, I'm literally a two day Mac veteran. I'm guessing I just installed over the existing install??? Is there any dangers of totally erasing the drive and starting anew?
     
  7. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    Dangers? As in ruining hardware? No, the concept is no different than reinstalling windows. As long as there is no data or programs on the machine that you need, I would recommend a "fresh" install.
     
  8. zbrown00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, fresh install I will do. Is there an easy way to do it correctly?
     
  9. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    It's easy. Just insert the OS X install disc and progress as normal. When you arrive at the screen where you choose the drive to install it on, just click the "Options" button, and click the "Erase and Install" bullet.

    Progress from there as normal. That's it.
     
  10. longwood macrumors regular

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    Put in the OSX Install Disc, follow the steps on the screen. When it asks what install option you want choose "erase and install." Again, follow the remaining steps and finally enjoy OSX.

    Edit: Just a few minutes too late.
     
  11. zbrown00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone so much. Got it to work. Appreciate the really quick help.
     

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