Hey, been a lurker for a while now but I have multiple problems with my wife's machine. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Mini rant with questions to follow. MPB 4gb ram, 500gb drive, 2011 on SL. Followed the instructions for creating a bootable usb flash for a fresh ML install. (There are about 20 tutorials for this I used the method outlined in the Apple Pro Training by White which is the same as about 12 of the 20 methods I reviewed.) Restarted the machine, holding the option key and got to the usb. Went to Disc Utility and did an erase of the HD. Closed the Disc Utility and went to the menu on the flash drive for install ML. Clicked Install and it asks for the Apple ID and password and began to download ML from Apple. I fool or monkey if you prefer, around for a while trying to figure a work around to get ML to install from the USB drive/stick, with no joy. How do you get the machine to install ML from the super groovy usb flash, stick, jump drive for a install without the download? I know you don't know me, but, I assure you that I followed every step in the instructions to the letter(which is probably the problem) and still I get hosed. Sorry, I'm beyond frustrated trying to solve other problems with my wife's machine, and I thought a clean install and restore would put us in the sweet spot. Wrong-O. Well, any help you can give or words of comfort and peace would the helpful. Or alternatively, if you want to flame or pile on that's ok too. It's really not my first day on the beach as it might appear from the moron level I function on with regards to this problem. Thanks for listening. Mods, if I posted in the wrong area would you please move this to where it needs to be.