Installing Over Another Users MAC OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BigDog9721, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. BigDog9721 macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a used MacBook and want to completely wipe out all previous users data... unfortunately, I don't know his password. How can i install my Mac OSX Leopard on my new to me MacBook?
     
  2. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    you put in the cd, press and hold the c key and install

    whats the problem :confused:
     
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    it's curious that he would sell you his computer without removing both the password and his personal data.

    nonetheless, Fearless Leader's three-step plan should work.
     
  4. BigDog9721 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No illegal things going on here...

    I just can't reach him right now... maybe tomorrow. My impatience wants to do this tonight. By the way the 3 step process threw me into asking for password again... it didn't work.
     
  5. BigDog9721 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Never mind....

    I just didn't hold down the C key long enough!
    Thanks so much!
    As my signature says... 1st time user!
     
  6. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    no problem, we all start somewhere. Have fun youngster.
     
  7. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Two weeks ago a drinking buddy gave me a sweet iBook G3 900MHz he just bought for his son. Whoever owned it before did a real hack job of Panther, most apps were deleted, in fact about all he had on there was Internet Explorer :eek::eek::eek:. Anyway I started off doing a clean install of Panther from the discs he provided, but they were upgrade-only discs, so I had to re-wipe, re-install Jaguar and then upgrade it to Panther (10.3.0!) and then run a sh*tload of software updates to get it to 10.3.9. Took about two hours.

    Truth be told, I spent a while playing with Jaguar mid-way through -- made for some enjoyable "retro" moments! But now it's a perfect clean install of 10.3.9 and I know the family will be very happy with it. :apple:
     

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