Cannot factory reset MacBook Air? Help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by guy weaty, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. guy weaty macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2016
    I went on OS X Utilities and pressed on "Reinstall OS X" and it brought me up to OS X Mountain Lion. However, it won't let me proceed over to install because I have OS X Sierra installed. How can I factory reset my MacBook Air?
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    What do you mean by "factory reset"
    That would mean (to me) erasing the hard drive as a first step, then reinstalling the original system that shipped on your MBAir.

    So, if you want to do that, boot to Internet Recovery (which is probably where you were)
    Run Disk Utility, erase the hard drive. Quit Disk Utility to return the main screen, then run Reinstall OS X.
    Now Mountain Lion will install, because your hard drive is blank (erased).
  3. guy weaty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2016

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