bypass registration for gift?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by CrAkD, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. CrAkD macrumors 68040

    CrAkD

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    Hey guys I bought my aunt a new mac mini for xmas. I want to open it since I got 8gb of ram that I want to install for her as well as install microsoft office and some other stuff but I dont want to register it for her incase apple sends out any emails from now til xmas. is there a way to skip the registration part of setup until xmas?
     
  2. philipma1957, Dec 3, 2011
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    If your purchase was direct from apple online no.

    yes if you purchased from best buy amazon etc.

    put the ram in and boot. first all internet connections must be disconnected . turn off your wires less router or unplug the mini from the cat 5 wire. follow prompts.

    it will try to connect to the net via wireless. it will ask you if you want to connect to a wireless if it finds one but on the bottom left pick other options.

    it then will read a few choices one is my computer does not connect to net.

    pick that it will then ask you to set up a name pick mac mini pick a simple password uncheck the box that reads must use password to start. it will asks you to register leave blank and continue just continue don't migrate from another computer it will then say your computer is ready to use. then connect it to the net. it will work and not be registered.


    as for microsoft office maybe some else can help
     
  3. CrAkD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    i bought from amazon. but Ill need the internet to install office since the mini doesnt have an optical drive....
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    thats okay I added more info above. you will get to go on the net.

    I am not sure about installing office do you have a cd/dvd?

    I realize you don't have a built in dvd/cd on the new mini.

    you bring up a good question. about install of software. if you buy the software from apple they will not let you down load to an unregistered mac. if you buy from other sellers you can download.

    I downloaded VMfusion from their website. but anytime I download from apple they ask for account and then match to your computer.
     
  5. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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    Just do a command-Q when asked for info during the initial setup. It will tell you that you can run the registration wizard later.
     
  6. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    I believe you can do setup as normal and install all the software. Then reinstall OSX without formatting the drive. I think this will keep all the applications and reset the Mac Mini setup. Not sure this method works any more but it's worth a try.
     
  7. thankins macrumors 6502

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    On the reg. prompt just press Cmd+Q and it will skip it. It then adds a reg. icon in the home directory so you can reg it later
     

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