Peparing older Mac for sale w/ new OS?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sander, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Sander macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    Hello all,

    I recently ordered a new rMPB, and am looking to sell my "Late 2008" 15" MBP. I found some hints on the net about how to restore it to factory defaults before selling it, but it came with 10.5 and I've since upgraded it to Snow Leopard and now Lion. I don't have any disks for those (bought them as download-only). Does anyone know how to wipe the machine so it has a "fresh" 10.7 install for a better "out of the box experience" for the person buying it? I presume the OS updates are linked to my Apple ID, so does that mean I'm stuck?
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    No, you could install Leopard and upgrade to 10.7 using your Apple ID, after this you need to delete your Apple ID Account from that computer and "Install" it on the new rMBP.

    "Install" = Activate on new computer
  3. Sander thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    Thanks for the reply justperry; I will try it out as soon as my new MBP is here.

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