Macbook OS tied to Apple ID help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryukouki, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Ryukouki macrumors regular

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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.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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  3. Ryukouki thread starter macrumors regular

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    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?
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Your Apple ID is part of your data. Simply by wiping the drive the association is erased.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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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.
     
  6. Ryukouki thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if I did this with Mountain Lion from a USB stick even though preinstall was Lion.. still legal?
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  8. uhslax24 macrumors 6502

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    I thought this association was stored on the Logic board?
     
  9. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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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?
     
  10. Ryukouki thread starter macrumors regular

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

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