Mac Book Reset? I want to re do set up assistant.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mwirt22, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. mwirt22 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    I bought a used mac book air, and it has the other people's info on it. I wanted to rerun set up assistant because it has the other peoples settings on it. Is there an easier way to get rid of their settings and start fresh without reinstalling? Any help needed, be fair with me I admit I am a complete mac Newb trying to cross over from the dark side.
  2. RobZ1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009

    Go to system prefs>accounts>make new acct with admin rights

    now logoff of current acct and log in as new acct just created and go back in to sys prefs>accounts and delete old acct..... that will take care of everything

    if you are trying to clean all network and settings like that you may need to whip out those restore cd's and under options choose erase and install or something of that nature..... or you can always just go and change one by one of the settings

    hope that helps

    by the way where did you purchase the air with someone elses contents in it??? where I work we do a HD security zero out under disk utility and do a erase and install before we can sell again....
  3. mwirt22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    I bought it from the owners themselves. It was on craigslist.

    Thank you for your answer. I was curious to whether or not you think the Mac Book Air superdrive is worth it? I am think about grabbing one because they aren't too much $$
  4. AIRniloc macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2008
    another method would be to boot into single user mode (hold command+S on bootup), and type the following commands:

    mount -uw / (hit enter)
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone (hit enter)
    shutdown -h now (hit enter)

    which would allow you to go through the Apple Setup again and create a new admin / register the computer to you...then you could delete the other users..

    it accomplishes the same as the process outlined above, except you also register it with apple...
  5. mwirt22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    Thank you so much, I will do that. That way I can register it with Apple. I appreciate both of your answers. If anyone else has anything feel free! Any word on those superdrives? They work well?
  6. hmishra83 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009

    You guys simply rock. That was so easy and effective. I am fallin in love with my Macbook Air now :)
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Also used to reset the logon password, on those pawnshop specials. ;)
  8. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Mine came with the Superdrive. In 6 months, I used it twice. Sold it on the 'Marketplace' forum. Spent the money on beer. I'm happy with my decision.

    But yes, it did work well, and was small enough to fit into a small bag with the MBA. If you buy a used one, check the cord where it enters the back. They're known to fray.
  9. Godzo7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    This is more of a question. I'm new to the mac community. I couldn find the field that allows me to ask questions. So please help me and walk me thru this. I recently purchased a " pond shop " special, A mcbook. It's my first apple computer , yes a newb. Well I soon discovered that to access the system filed
    I needed a password that I don't have. I don't have the ox disk is there any way to reset the password. Please help!
  10. Godzo7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Help I purchased one of those "pond shop" specials. A mcbook that requires a code to accessd the system controls. Is there anyway to reset this. Help please
  11. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    you could try this but my suggestion follows:

    best bet -
    buy one of these with Snow Leopard, iLife '09 and iWork '09, wipe the sucker, fresh install and you're good to go.

    you can download everything else you may need like Movist, RealPlayer, Handbrake, etc, at your leisure

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