Recover OS on used MB

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Sundance2007, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Sundance2007 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    I have a friend that just purchased a used Macbook for his daughter. He wants me to clean it out and the best way to do that is to format and reinstall the OS. He didn't get any discs with the MB. My question, does the license stay with the laptop or the discs? Is it legal for me to use my discs to recover his laptop?

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Unless your disks are retail disks, they will not work on another macbook unless it is an identical model. You can tell retail = black disk with X on it, recovery disk = grey
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    It might also look like a white disc with a snow leopard on it. In other words, grey discs are the ones that came with the computer, anything else is likely retail.

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