Bypassing seller's Apple ID? Help!!!

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by eperrine, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. eperrine macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2011
    I recently bought a second hand MBP.

    When I turn it on, it's at the start up page. I click "Re-install Mountain Lion". After a few steps, it asks for the seller's apple ID. Although I could ring him and ask for it

    1. I don't want his apple ID to be in my purchased Macbook anyway.
    2. I don't want to keep ringing him for his password again and again.

    Is it possible for me to go the app store, purchase Mountain OS X Lion with MY apple ID, and then use that ID to log in for the re-install? Or will it reject it because the OS X Lion that HE purchased and put into the Macbook is still there?

    Sorry, I'm bad at explaining things. It's just super frustrating.
  2. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    You can go to the app store and purchase osx mountain lion (not lion, although they probably dont sell it anymore) and put your information in.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Unless the machine came with ML when purchased you'll need to install the OS via recovery partition or DVDs with your own Apple ID and purchase it.

    Best bet is a clean ML install.
  4. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    Oh that is true! You cannot purchase Lion anymore, so you need his Lion purchase username/password and then purchase mountain lion via your own itunes account.

    Alternatively you can go to the Apple store and purchase a ML USB install (although those are expensive) and plug it in.
  5. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Just Sign in to Mac App Store using your Apple ID and buy Mountain Lion and install.
  6. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    if you purchase Mt Lion from the App Store, you can sign in when it prompts with your user information
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    If you have access to another Mac then as discussed above you can buy ML from the App Store then enter your own account details on the MBP.

    If this is your only Mac then reboot while holding Cmd-Opt-R at the boot chime. A globe should appear, after which you'll be able to erase the hard drive through Disk Utility and install Lion without an Apple ID. This will only work on systems that originally shipped with Lion; if it's older than that then you'll either need to buy ML or find the original restore DVDs.
  8. Cuechick macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    So Cal
    Why not just call him, write the info down so you don't have to call him again and then change it all, once you update? If you really did buy it, I don't see why this would be a problem? He should have given it to you to begin with... sorry but sounds pretty fishy to me. :(
  9. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Actually no, people should not be selling or giving away their Apple IDs when they sell their old Macs.


    You should be able to log into the Apple Store and buy Mountain Lion. And then use your Apple ID during the OS X reinstall.

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