Question regarding pre-installed software when buying

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  1. mrcat macrumors newbie

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    I on the look out for a new mac, I haven't fully decided between a mac book pro and an iMac. My question is this, I've seen some MacBooks being sold with software preinstalled, some cases its office and cs6. how would i know if this software is legitimate?

    I have a 2012 mac mini which I will be selling but I was under the impression that I should reset it to factory settings before sale. Which I am planning to do but this would mean that pages and logic pro will get wiped and won't be usable by the next owner.

    Should I ever trust a mac to be legit if it has preinstalled software or should i only go for ones that have been reset?

    Thanks and Merry Christmas :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you're buying used and it comes with software preinstalled, then you need the disks or licenses. If the seller is coy about transferring the license then you'll not have a legit copy of the software.

    Perhaps I'm wrong but I think for the majority of time that you see software like CS6 preinstalled, its not legit.
     
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I would never consider extra software to be worth anything on a used machine. First thing I would do is perform a fresh install of OS X so anything is lost unless they provided install media and licenses.
     
  4. mrcat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the replies, I think I will go for a refurb from apple or something new if i can manage to. I can't risk getting burnt!

    It was an eBay listing that I saw, I noticed that they have sold many similar machines with cs6 installed. Too good to be true? I probably expect so after thinking it through.

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