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MrMister111

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When wiping and reinstalling MacOS it comes to a “pick country” screen.

If passing/selling this on is there a way to leave at this screen, I can’t see an option to power down.

It wants to go through options of connecting to WiFi etc, I don’t want to do this I want to stop at this step. Surely I don’t have to just hold down the power button for a forced shutdown?
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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When wiping and reinstalling MacOS it comes to a “pick country” screen.

If passing/selling this on is there a way to leave at this screen, I can’t see an option to power down.

It wants to go through options of connecting to WiFi etc, I don’t want to do this I want to stop at this step. Surely I don’t have to just hold down the power button for a forced shutdown?
Just type command-q at the setup screen. This will ask if you want to shut down the computer.
 

redheeler

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Hold down Control and press the eject key. This should give you the option to shut down even at the first run setup.
 

MrMister111

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You might have to go one step past the country setup screen to get command-q to work. It'll still leave the full setup for the next user even if you do that. Good to know control-eject also works there.

Yes exactly what I wanted, as in leave at this step for next user. Thanks for help
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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"When wiping and reinstalling MacOS it comes to a “pick country” screen.
If passing/selling this on is there a way to leave at this screen, I can’t see an option to power down."


I assume that you're preparing this Mac to "hand over" to someone else, who will then proceed to set it up "as if new"?

In that case, just get to the "select language" screen, and then PULL THE PLUG OUT OF THE WALL.
Done.

Alternative:
Reach around and press AND HOLD the power-on button until the screen "goes dark" and the power shuts off.
 

MrMister111

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"When wiping and reinstalling MacOS it comes to a “pick country” screen.
If passing/selling this on is there a way to leave at this screen, I can’t see an option to power down."


I assume that you're preparing this Mac to "hand over" to someone else, who will then proceed to set it up "as if new"?

In that case, just get to the "select language" screen, and then PULL THE PLUG OUT OF THE WALL.
Done.

Alternative:
Reach around and press AND HOLD the power-on button until the screen "goes dark" and the power shuts off.

Above worked better thanks, shut down properly
 

chrfr

macrumors G4
Jul 11, 2009
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"When wiping and reinstalling MacOS it comes to a “pick country” screen.
If passing/selling this on is there a way to leave at this screen, I can’t see an option to power down."


I assume that you're preparing this Mac to "hand over" to someone else, who will then proceed to set it up "as if new"?

In that case, just get to the "select language" screen, and then PULL THE PLUG OUT OF THE WALL.
Done.

Alternative:
Reach around and press AND HOLD the power-on button until the screen "goes dark" and the power shuts off.
This of course runs the risk of causing disk corruption. Don't do this.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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"This of course runs the risk of causing disk corruption. Don't do this."

It will work fine.

There have been times when my Mac seems to have "locked up solid" (usually from something I did wrong).
I just reach down and flip off the power strip into which it's plugged.

It always "comes right back up" when powered up again.

With a freshly-installed OS, there isn't yet any "user data" to become corrupted.
Force it off, and it should come right back to the very same "select your language" screen.
 

chrfr

macrumors G4
Jul 11, 2009
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"This of course runs the risk of causing disk corruption. Don't do this."

It will work fine.

There have been times when my Mac seems to have "locked up solid" (usually from something I did wrong).
I just reach down and flip off the power strip into which it's plugged.

It always "comes right back up" when powered up again.

With a freshly-installed OS, there isn't yet any "user data" to become corrupted.
Force it off, and it should come right back to the very same "select your language" screen.
It's not about corrupting user data, it's about corrupting the filesystem. Your advice is inarguably bad here. Apple provides a proper way to shut down the computer at this stage; it's foolish not to use that method.
 

MrMister111

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It's not about corrupting user data, it's about corrupting the filesystem. Your advice is inarguably bad here. Apple provides a proper way to shut down the computer at this stage; it's foolish not to use that method.

I agree, much better to shut down properly.

Also on a side note, from other thread, there wasn’t an option to secure wipe my fusion.

Apparently SSD don’t need this, the fusion bit is only 128Gb though, so want about the other normal HDD bit though.

I’ve erased and wiped and installed a fresh copy of MacOS but still a little concerned
 
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