Is it possible to do the first boot startup process again?

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  1. Zephyer macrumors member

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    Heya.

    Someone bought the new rmbp for me, and in the store he did the setup process (where you pick keyboard layout, account name etc etc). however, i want to experience that myself once i get the machine.

    is it possible to do that? maybe launch some sort of assistant? thanks!
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    yes you can do that. Two ways :

    1. deleting the AppleSetUpDone hidden file (through the Terminal), or

    2. using OS X Recovery : boot with Cmd + r depressed, the computer will boot on the Recovery partition, go to Disk Utility, erase Macintosh HD, then quit Disk Utility, and choose "Reinstall OS X".
    The OS will be downloaded (~5 GB !) and reinstalled.

    Since you erased Macintosh HD, the computer is "as new" and you will run through the setup process.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Follow the steps in this article to get that system setup to run again.
     
  4. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    It's so sad and pathetic that I completely understand why you want to do this.

    We're such fanboys. :p
     
  5. coldwaves macrumors regular

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    You could also make a Mavericks bootable USB and clean install the OS. During the reinstallation, erase your hard drive first. That way, you will have a set up process as a new MacBook.
     
  6. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    Lucky that you had such a nice gift. Hey, I wanted to do ship-to-store option, just so I can experience walking out of the store with an Apple bag. Then I realized that a woman walking out of the Apple store downtown is probably a good advert for "Rob Me."
     
  7. Mac.User macrumors 6502

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    Its not really about being a fanboy, its about the experience. I'm that way on any device I buy. I'd be hurt if someone ran the setup for me. It's part of what makes the device feel like it's yours.
     
  8. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    [​IMG]

    I'd even let people wait a week for the package to arrive so they'll get the full experience.
     
  9. Zephyer thread starter macrumors member

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    Ryan1524 - Yes well. this is my first macbook, so im excited :) i also did this with my iPhones.

    sarakn - when i bought a sleeve at the apple store i got a nice apple bag! that could work ;)

    Mac.User - right on! totally nailed it with your explanation.

    Weaselboy - Thanks! do you happen to know if after creating the new account, can i delete the previous one?

    (Also, do i need to go to the root thing and do something to reverse the 'bring able to write' to thing?)

    Thanks all for support and undersatnding! :)
     
  10. Scott7975 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah... that goes for anything for me. There is nothing like the first boot up of any computer. Its like the new car smell of computers. :D
     
  11. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    I was not going to say this because I wanted to save face, but who cares - we're all friends here. Last night/early AM, I saw a YT vid and there was a quick image of the Apple bag just idle on his couch and I got a bit jealous. I thought, I'm not getting a bag. Maybe I can go to the store, explain my 'situation' and they'll give me one. I quickly remembered I already have an apple bag in my stash of fancy bags. And then it came to me: the iPad.

    This time, I will wait a day if 'in-store pickup' is not an option and I will get my bag... for my stash.:D
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Sure... while in the new admin account just go to the Users & Groups pane in System prefs and select the old account then click the minus at the bottom left to delete it.
     
  13. tugger macrumors regular

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    You don't have to be a woman to feel that. I walked out of the Galleria Apple Store in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday with a rMBP in one of those "rob me" bags. Even though it was the middle of the afternoon, I tucked that little bundle-of-joy as tight under my arm as possible and double-checked-out everyone within 50 feet of me on the way to the parking garage. Driving away I was laughing about how ridiculous I must have looked to people I passed. In my defense, though, this was the first time I'd purchased anything other than accessories at an Apple Store. With computers I'm usually strictly mail-order, so this being my first-time, I was naturally a bit nervous. :)
     
  14. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    That's hilarious. I live a couple miles from the Apple store on Michigan ave, and I would normally take the bus as it's so convenient. When the ship-to-store option was available, I was going to drive and pay for parking. All this for a laptop - it might seem silly, but we're approaching the season for stealin'.


    This was the other pic that made me sad.
     
  15. Zephyer thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again! one last question - what about the stuff you get (iWork and iLife things) - will they be available to the "new" account ill make, or ill have to install them myself?
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I assume you mean you already installed the i-apps from the App Store? Yes, they will still be their in the new account. Just login to the App Store app with the same AppleID you used before and everything will be there and continue to update. Those apps are tied to the AppleID and not the OS X user account.
     
  17. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

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    do you guys register your Macs? i've always skipped that part, but is there something i'm missing out on? if so, how do i go about doing that now?
     
  18. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I always do it during setup. I think the idea is Apple would be able to contact your if they had a product recall.
     
  19. Zephyer thread starter macrumors member

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    dont have the machine yet with me :) and i thought so! i just read some comment in another forum that if you do the account trick you lose access to pre-installed iwork and stuff, so i had to help. many many thank you-s :)
     
  20. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, registration.
     
  21. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

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    very helpful post.. gold star for you. you are awesome
     

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