Just picked up a new iMac, need help resetting quickly please.

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by DustyJoe, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. DustyJoe macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    I literally, just got home and plugged it in..

    It currently has 10.8.2 on it, I'm wanting to erase all of the previous person's settings, data and such and don't know how!

    Will paying the $19.99 from the app store, re downloading the OS and re-installing allow me to do a clean wipe?

    I have a 27" i7, that is the previous version just before the new thin one... No restore discs came with..

    Please advise my friends,
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. Blaine macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Abilene TX
    I hope you didn't steal it. This seems fishy...
  4. DustyJoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    It didn't come with lion on it to begin with, not sure what version..
  5. hobbbz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    Do you want it started from scratch or do you want just a fresh user with no preferences set?
  6. DustyJoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    I was following a walkthru I found but ended up formatting my main drive and it only boots to the osx utilities screen now ;(


    I was hoping to reset it back to like I just pulled it out of the box new, which whatever version of osx it had on it.
  7. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA

    Contact the seller and ask what version of OS X was installed when he bought it, then request the original Install Discs. If they aren't available then go to Apple's online store and purchase a license of Snow Leopard. Then format and do a fresh install, update the system to 10.6.8 then purchase Mt. Lion from the Mac App Store. Total investment will be about $40 ($20 for SL and $20 for ML) Of course ensure the system has enough RAM to support ML, it should have a minimum of 4GB.
  8. DustyJoe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    I fixed it last night, after hours of pulling my hair out..

    I ended up loading VMWare on my PC and running OSX lion in a virtual machine in order to access the app store and purchase mountain lion with my apple id..

    Thanks fellas!
  9. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    I had the same impression.

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