How to prepare macbook to sell it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by the13bats, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. the13bats macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    My wife wants to sell her macbook, she finds it too heavy and really just uses a phone or table for everything online.

    I am PC so pretty darn Mac stupid my wife has the macbook pro i5 13" mid 2012 OSX 10.9.2 ( need more info on it I will get it )

    So last night I pulled up instructions on "resetting" it , it involved erasing the drive then re-installing the OS
    Which was done by wife being connected to the internet, after a while it erased things and re-installed the OS, ( I am guessing you mac savvy know what I am talking about )

    But, when trying to boot to what I call desktop it asks her to enter your itunes password since we wanted a clean like new comp she stopped there, so we never saw it boot up all the way,

    My questions,

    Is that erase, re-install she did good?

    Is there a way to get it to desktop where a would be buyer can see it works? like a "demo" or not locked into a specific person...

    Many thanks!
  2. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Here are all the steps suggested by Apple before selling your used Mac:

    If it asked for your wife's iTunes password after an OS X reinstall, you probably didn't deauthorize your iTunes acount (see step 1 in my previous link)

    As for the desktop thing, I haven't found an easy way to "demo" a freshly formatted Mac. I usually just set up a temporary account to show it works to the buyer, and tell him he can erase it and make his own account afterwards.
  3. the13bats thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    pgiguere1...first thank you! and second i mucked that up,
    It's not Itunes holding things up we can skip that it's the screen asking to create computer account name and password,

    How do we set up this temp account you say that you do?

    Again, thanks!
  4. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Create a simple username/pw and give the buyer the info before you sell it.


    username: User
    password: user

    the buyer can always change this information later on.
  5. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Or leave it at the setup screen.

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