reformating mac - first timer new comer from windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macster4life, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. macster4life macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    Okay so i just bought my macbook 2 weeks ago from best buy and like a fool payed for the stupid system check thing. So they opened my computer and i left and came back in an hour. The stupid geek squad guy typed my name in wrong and now my home folder spells my name wrong. I know there are ways to change it but i want to do it cleanly (yes im OCD). Also i was not the first one to turn on my computer and i want to have that feeling. I been saving up for a mac for awhile and i want it to be perfect (i know its not that big of a deal but im OCD lol). So my question is can i reinstall osx with the 2 cd's they give you with the computer. Also if i reinstall osx will i have all the applications that a new mac will have if you just bought from store. Im scared im going to reformat and reinstall my osx and not have everything it had when i first turned it on. I just want ot make sure if everything is exactly the same as newly bought mac from the stores but with the correct name on my home folder.

    thanks for the help
  2. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    thats exactly what the Restore disks included are for.
    The restore the state of the OS and system to its original factory state; clean OS installation, you enter your own username etc, and all the included/bundled apps are installed as well that originally were installed.

    Also the second disk is a hardware test, so if you decide to upgrade memory or something is lagging on your system, that would be a good disk to have handy as well.

    so basically you should be fine, just pop in the disk, select Erase & Install and your good to go :cool:
  3. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    As long as the geek didn't install anything else then you will be fine. You may have to run software update a few times though to get the OS up to date. You will loose all of you documents and settings so may want to back up first. Don't use Time Machine as it will restore everything, including your incorrectly spelled name!
  4. macster4life thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    yea thats why i want to do it now because i really dont ahve anything on the computer because i just bought it. one last dumb question will all my apps be to the latest versions? Or do i have to update them?
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    1. Create new admin account.
    2. Delete old account.

    Takes seconds to do.

    Updates are much easier than windows, as most OSX updates are cumulative.
  6. macster4life thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    one last thign i have two cds osx install and an application cd. will the applications install with the osx install or do i need the application cd. Also how do i make a new admin account
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    The latest MacBook has an unchained installer, which means you can reinstall OS X or the bundled applications, but don't have to do both successively (right after the other) as you had to with the Whitebook/Blackbook generations. If you haven't created any documents or imported anything from your iPod, digital camera, camcorder, the creation of another admin account with the right shortname is going to be the simplest solution. To create a new admin user, go to the :apple: menu in the upper left hand corner, select system preferences under that menu, and the 4th row down, click on accounts. Click the lock in the lower left hand corner, enter in your password if you have one, then you can click on the + sign above the lock to create a new account with the correctly spelled shortname. You cannot delete your original account while logged into it, you must log out, and then into the one you created to delete it by clicking on the - sign and choosing to either save the account as a disk image, leave it as a folder, or delete all traces of it.

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