Macbook OS tied to Apple ID help?

Ryukouki

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Nov 10, 2011
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Hey,

So I am trying to sell my Macbook Pro. It came to me from Amazon with OS Lion preinstalled, but when I scanned the serial online the device was originally a Snow Leopard machine. I heard that if I want to sell the device I need to put it back to its original factory OS, which is SL, but I never got the disks in my packaging even though it was new. Did Amazon tamper with my package?

I want to sell this MBP with OS Mountain Lion but it's tied to my apple ID, so what would I have to do to be able to let the buyer use the MBP for himself, without being bothered by my Apple ID? I'm so confused.
 

Ryukouki

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Nov 10, 2011
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Doing a clean install of mountain lion would erase all your data.
That part isn't my concern. What I AM concerned about is if the buyer can't update due to Mountain Lion being held on my Apple ID. I don't want that to happen. Do I reinstall Lion via Recovery HD? will it be tied into my apple ID still or will it not ask that since it's part of the hardware?
 

geoffreak

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Your Apple ID is part of your data. Simply by wiping the drive the association is erased.
 

T5BRICK

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Do I reinstall Lion via Recovery HD? will it be tied into my apple ID still or will it not ask that since it's part of the hardware?
Yes, just boot from the recovery partition and reinstall the OS. Your Apple ID isn't saved anywhere on that recovery partition.
 

Ryukouki

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Yes, just boot from the recovery partition and reinstall the OS. Your Apple ID isn't saved anywhere on that recovery partition.
So if I did this with Mountain Lion from a USB stick even though preinstall was Lion.. still legal?
 

T5BRICK

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So if I did this with Mountain Lion from a USB stick even though preinstall was Lion.. still legal?
No, you own the license to use Mountain Lion on your computer. If you put it on someone else's computer you're breaking the terms of your EULA.
 

spacepower7

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Can someone please explain this bc randomly, the MAS wants to lock iLife '11 to my account, not the computer that I am thinking of selling. So the new user would not get iLife '11 if it is connected to my login and password?
 

Ryukouki

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I actually just emailed apple and they said whatever happens bottom line they will fix everything. :)