I am going to ask someone else, living in a different country, to buy me a new MacBook Pro because he can get a much better price than I can. I would like to ask a few things in connection with this. Becuase of all the problems I've heard of people having with their new C2D MBPs I would like him to test out the machine thoroughly before bringing it to me so I don't get a dud. Unfortunately, this will mean he'll have to run the machine and use it for a while and I presume OS X has some initialization stuff that he will have to do himself (picking a username, etc...). This is unfortunate because this will be my first Mac (since the old, old days) and I was looking forward to the feel of a brand new machine that hasn't been setup by someone else. My questions are: 1. Is it easy to re-install OS X (with the software provided with the MBP) so that I can make it look like a fresh machine again so that I can go through the installation stuff myself? That is, is there a restore CD that essentially removes everything that was changed on the machine and returns it to factory defaults? 2. Can people post suggestions regarding a few things he could test to ensure the machine won't need to be returned as soon as I get it. I want to avoid inconveniencing him and also minimize the amount of stuff he does to the machine but I also want to make sure that the machine works well. 3. Is the Apple Protection plan different from country to country and is it easily transferable? 4. On a related note: is it definately worth it to get the Apple Protection Plan? Many thanks for all the help.