Reinitializing MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BigDukeSix, May 18, 2013.

  1. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    A friend wanted me to help her wipe and reinstall her OS on her ex-husbands MBP, essentially making it a new (to her) MBP. I have the OS install disk, but I do not want to lose the other programs that came on the computer, such as Word, IMovie and such. Is there a way to do this and not wipe out everything?

    I have not done a search, as this is somewhat time critical. I was hoping someone could give me the quick answer. Thank you in advance.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    No, not really. If you wipe and do a clean install, you will need to reinstall the apps. Particularly the MS apps like Word which will make you reenter serial numbers etc.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I would just create a new admin user then wipe out the ex-husband's home directory with secure erase.

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