Re-installing OSX, does it affect Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kristenp, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. kristenp macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    I have a 2010 MBP that I'm giving to my sister and it has mavericks and bootcamp with windows 8 on it.

    I still have my osx user account on there so I figured I'd reinstall OSX so it would be like brand new when I give it to her. Or would it be enough to just create a new user account and delete my old one?

    If I reinstall OSX, does it mess with the bootcamp partition in any way?

  2. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2006
    I have same setup in 2011 MBP (except it is Windows 7). I have just erased the Mavericks partition, and fresh install/import with Setup assistant. All was well. Bootcamp was still intact and working.

    I was half expecting Bootcamp to fail (and had backed it up with Winclone ready to restore) since the Mavericks installer reinstalls the Recovery Partition and so must potentially affect partition maps and things I don't like to mess with.

    Assuming you only have four partitions currently (EFI, Mavericks, Recovery and Bootcamp) I think you will be OK. If you currently have four and one of them is not Recovery, (because you have created an extra partition), then running the full Mavericks installer will put a Recovery on it which would make the total five and Bootcamp will fall over.

    EDIT...before erasing it remember to deauthorise your iTunes account and any other machine specific software, like Photoshop, also remove it from your Apple Support Profile or she will not be able to register it. (not that this last point matters much on a 2010 machine).

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