How can I restore Leopard to its original factory settings?

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  1. definitive macrumors 68000

    definitive

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    I'd like to restore a Mac to its original settings as if it was store-bought where the person who buys it gets to enter their own info (name, address, etc), gets greeted with the welcome video, etc.? I tried Mroogle, but only suggestions I found was to drag stuff to Trash, which doesn't sound like what I'm trying to accomplish.
     
  2. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    Im not sure, but to save you some time when someone comes in here to explain it. You will need the restore discs that came with the mac, I think there is an option for full restore if you boot from the disc but I dont know.

    So.. go find the discs.
     
  3. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a

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    Do a clean reinstall of leopard (ie it deletes everything on your HD), and don't boot up after you are done installing (if that's possible)
     
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    It's not the end of the world. Once the Setup Assistant appears, you can press Cmd-Q and it'll give an option to shut down. The next boot will be just the same; the Setup Assistant will re-run.
     
  5. definitive thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thank you for the info. i'll try it.
     
  6. Arrandale macrumors regular

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    put in the install disc that came with your mac and choose clean install
     
  7. jmathews05 macrumors newbie

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    Either I am a complete noob, or something is being left out. I inserted the restore disk, then shut down the computer, while i hit the power button I continued to hold down the "C" key. It asks me where I want to install OS X, I select the only hard drive i have, it goes through the entire process, about 46 mins worth. It says i need to restart the computer so I did and when it comes back on it's still my same old stuff. I want to get my computer back how it was from when I first took it out the box. Am i missing something, or do i need to earse the HD first, and if so, how do I go about doing that. (this is my first mac) Please help
     
  8. funwithamar macrumors regular

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    when u hold down "C" it asks u where do u want to BOOT from select the dvd drive

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    wait it goes through the entire process ?
    hmmm
     
  9. jmathews05 macrumors newbie

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    I don't get that box, it just asks where do I want to install Mac OS X
     
  10. jmathews05 macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I am holding the C button too soon, maybe i should turn the comp on and wait a second or 2 before holding down the c button
     
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    Reinstalling does not delete your existing applications or documents. You'll need to launch Disk Utility from the Utilities menu, erase the drive, then reinstall.
     
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