Pre-Install Software on computer I am selling

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  1. FaustArp macrumors regular

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    How can I pre-Install software on a computer I plan to put on ebay? I want to put some Microsoft Word and some other stuff on the computer for the person when they get the computer but I want them to go through the account set-up process and everything when they recieve the computer. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Why don't you just include your install disks if you are selling your software with the computer?
     
  3. FaustArp thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not all are discs. Some of the software are digital license
     
  4. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Aren't those even easier? Unless you have to contact the developer in order to reassign your license? Or do you have an endless supply of licenses? ;)
     
  5. FaustArp thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, But I did think it would be nice to pre-install a license of Word on the persons computer since there are 3.
     
  6. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    I don't think that's exactly what a family license is for...
     
  7. FaustArp thread starter macrumors regular

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    K, I'll go elsewhere for help, Thank you.
     
  8. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Just install it yourself. What's the big deal? And, where you don't have the original disks, toss the installers you downloaded on the HD in a folder called "installers." That way, if they ever need to re-install for some reason... they're good.

    Your MS Word installer is part of a larger Office package, right? That's pretty expensive software, so are you sure the copy you're giving away with your computer is legit, or are you no longer going to be using it yourself? It would be a nice perk for a buyer, but just don't pirate crappy software, even from Microshaft. ;)

    You could always install a copy of NeoOffice, which is completely free, and works really well. They'd probably appreciate that about as much. At least I would. :)
     
  9. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    I think the moral of the story is that it is against MacRumors policy to promote torrents, piracy etc.

    There are plenty of other sites where this info exists. ;) :)
     
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    just simply install the software and have them create a new account and delete the old one.
    I wouldnt really be too concerned with the set up assistant stuff. its a nice touch but most people generally reinstall the os anyway upon getting the machine.

    try to google restore setup assistant
    (ie; http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2007110800450816)
     
  11. capriseyhaze macrumors regular

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    no most people dont reinstall the os only geeks do. Please people on these forums realise that geeks represent about 2% of the computer industry.
     
  12. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

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    Dan, as always you're a big help to us all.
     
  13. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Hey thanks! I try! :)

    unless you were being sarcastic, well then :p
     
  14. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

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    Obviously I was sarcastic
     
  15. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    :p
     
  16. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Serious question: Did you actually read the license yourself?
     
  17. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Actually, no, I don't own the software so I don't really care. I thought I was being helpful by providing the link to the op. I doubt you are supposed to give away copies to whoever you want. Why? Can you point me to the section where it says that you can? :confused:
     
  18. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Too bad OS X isn't as robust as Windows for OEM style deployments (and there is no good reason it would be, either). Its easy to boot into a fresh Win installation, install software and drivers, then reset it so that your customer gets to do all the initial steps.
     
  19. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure it's not illegal to preinstall office on another computer (Don't really feel like reading tens of pages of legal crap after midnight) -- you're the one that made implication so you back it up :D

    It's using up one of his downloads, with a license he legally paid for. Not fair to compare it to downloading torrents and selling them off as legit copies to ebay buyers.

    There's nothing morally wrong what the OP is doing.
     
  20. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    I assumed it was a "family pack", which is why I said "family" license in my original post.

    If the OP really has three separate licenses for the same software and wants to give one away with his computer, you're right, there's nothing wrong with that. :)
     
  21. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

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    If the OP has one license and wants to install it on two computers...who gives a ****, let him.
     
  22. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Good, because I'm planning on doing that to IWork, and there's nothing you can do to stop me :D
     
  23. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    I am not his Dad, I can't stop him from doing anything! :rolleyes:

    I was merely reiterating MR's official stance on these topics because this is a public forum, what's your problem? I don't make the rules...

    You are absolutely right, carry on... ;) :D
     
  24. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Not like the guy is selling computers out of his basement and putting the same copy on every computer that he churns out. If hes copying MS office anything from 08.....it should be free regardless. Those crooks robbing all the people paying for copy......no vba.......(grumbles).......but for a large fee upgrade in 09.......
     
  25. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Still not as bad as Vista. Good luck reinstalling it for free after your PC crashes. :rolleyes:
     

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