How to restore to new prior to shipping laptop back to company

creativedogmedia

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I picked up a new rMBP and just wiped my older MBP. Upon restart it wants to install Mavericks using my wifi network but wont let me proceed past my Apple ID login. I dont want my Apple ID tied to this machine....how do I get it an OS back onto the laptop but in a clean manner not tied to me?
 

ssls6

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I picked up a new rMBP and just wiped my older MBP. Upon restart it wants to install Mavericks using my wifi network but wont let me proceed past my Apple ID login. I dont want my Apple ID tied to this machine....how do I get it an OS back onto the laptop but in a clean manner not tied to me?
Restart with "command-alt-R" at the chime, format the drive and reinstall the OS.
 

creativedogmedia

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Restart with "command-alt-R" at the chime, format the drive and reinstall the OS.
Already been through the format piece....it's asking to download Mavericks...How do I do that without using my Apple ID?
 

tywebb13

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Well you could make a bootable usb, use it to install mavericks, and when it starts up and asks you to sign in, don't. Just shut it down. This will let the new user set it up.
 

creativedogmedia

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Well you could make a bootable usb, use it to install mavericks, and when it starts up and asks you to sign in, don't. Just shut it down. This will let the new user set it up.
So when it restarted it came up asking to install Mavericks....am I already at that point after erasing? I only erased the large partition of my HD, not the OS X Base System. Is any of my data on that partition? If not, sounds like it's good to go, right?
 
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tywebb13

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If I were you I'd use a bootable usb of mavericks to wipe the whole drive first, then install mavericks from the usb (not internet recovery) but just don't sign in.
 

creativedogmedia

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If I were you I'd use a bootable usb of mavericks to wipe the whole drive first, then install mavericks from the usb (not internet recovery) but just don't sign in.
Ok, but is there any data on the OS X Base system partition?

I don't have a USB drive larger than 4GB but I do have the original Mac OS X Install DVD but it's 10.6.7....My IT guys can upgrade the next user to Mavericks if I restore to this OS, right? How would I do it?
 
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tywebb13

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OK

Well you could boot up from the dvd by holding down the option key. It will take a while to boot up. Then select the dvd and boot up from it. Use disk utility to format the drive which will wipe everything on it. Install 10.6.7. Don't sign in.

Then you can tell the it guys they can upgrade to 10.6.8 and then 10.9.2.
 

hallux

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Ok, but is there any data on the OS X Base system partition?

I don't have a USB drive larger than 4GB but I do have the original Mac OS X Install DVD but it's 10.6.7....My IT guys can upgrade the next user to Mavericks if I restore to this OS, right? How would I do it?
Did the IT guys ask you to reinstall an OS on it? If not, wipe the drive and send it blank, they'll prep it for the next guy. I'm one of those "IT guys" (not one of YOURS though) and I can tell you we ALWAYS install a fresh OS on a machine before giving to a new user, regardless of what's on it when it hits our shop.
 

ssls6

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Already been through the format piece....it's asking to download Mavericks...How do I do that without using my Apple ID?
If you use the Command-Alt-R and not the Command-R, and assuming you reformatted the whole drive and not just erased the Macintosh HD volume, then it should not ask for a apple ID.
 

creativedogmedia

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Did the IT guys ask you to reinstall an OS on it? If not, wipe the drive and send it blank, they'll prep it for the next guy. I'm one of those "IT guys" (not one of YOURS though) and I can tell you we ALWAYS install a fresh OS on a machine before giving to a new user, regardless of what's on it when it hits our shop.
Small company....I am one of 4 owners and we are just repurposing it to a new hire. I used Command-R and installed 10.6 to let the next employee setup as they'd like. Thanks.