Reinstalling Mavericks, Apple ID problem

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  1. pijus, Jun 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014

    pijus macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2014
    Hello. I have bought an used MacBook Pro, (early 2008), so I decided whipe it clean and reinstall. But when I am re-installing it, I'm asked to provide my apple ID. And the one I am typing in is not a same as a computer's last owner, therefore, mine is not working.
    How should I reinstall Maveriks? Or in my situation it is not possible via internet? Any technical info would be appreciated
    p.s. I'm doing all this in boot camp (cmd+alt+R, while turning on)
  2. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    This machine (early 2008) would have shipped with 10.5 Leopard, then was upgraded to 10.6 Snow Leopard and then would have been moved to either Lion, ML, and eventually Mavericks (or just skipped Lion and ML).

    The reason you are getting that message is b/c the previous owner purchased Lion/ML/Mavericks and it recognizes it with their account. It appears you have never purchased Mavericks as it is not tied to your account. If you have not already deleted the OSX install you should open up the Mac App Store and purchase Mavericks (free) with your AppleID and then reboot into recovery and reinstall (your AppleID should work then).

    If you have already erased the Mavs install off the drive you can either try and use someone else's Mac to log in to the Mac App Store and purchase Mavs with your AppleID or you will need the retail Snow Leopard disks to wipe the drive of Mavs and it's recovery partition, reinstall 10.6 SL and then upgrade to Mavericks directly. There is no Internet Recovery option on this machine since it shipped pre-Lion so if you would have to use a Leopard or SL disk to get started again.

    Or there may be alternative means with USB sticks and such but I'm not sure about those.
  3. expat42451 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2013
    where my backpack is
    Install from USB


    You can install from a USB drive- there is a how to here

    and you probably can find equally good instructions doing a search of the forum here as well. While it may seem a little involved at first, its a good procedure to know- and having a USB with the OS (plus your Time Machine backups) helps in case of future troubles.

    Hope this helps.
    Regards and let us know how it works out

  4. pijus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2014
    Thank you Jovian, your advice was more then helpful. I 'bought' Maveriks with another Mac, and installed in my machine. It was quickest and simplest OS installation I've ever had, compared to Mac OS and all Win computers I had (it took few days to find another Mac with working app store, though). Everything is working great, thanks to you ; )
  5. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Hey no problem! Glad your mac is up and going with Mavs. Enjoy!
  6. SD-B macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2009
    Macbook Pro 10,1

    Funnily enough I was asked this very question today by a friend but didn't know the answer. But I didn't realize at the time exactly what she meant but now reading this i do

    In her case her husband passed away a few months ago and she's now trying to make use of his macbook pro.
    I believe it to be a Retina version.

    I gather his is a 15-inch version 10,1 macbook pro.
    When she opens it up it has his name on there and a Guest but it won't save her files once she closes.And she doesn't know his password for iCloud although I am not positive if that was what she was asked to answer or a iCloud password or a main password when you start up?

    She has the same OSX version I do which is, 10.93. I understand it doesn't have a DVD Drive as my macbook pro has but I understand the newer ones than mine have a USB Key? Is that correct? I hope so for I told her to look for one but she hasn't any idea where it would be.

    So what would she do in such a situation? If unable to find such a key.

    I read the post above and I purchased the MacBook Snow Leopard disk for 5 computers with iLife/iWord when I bought my own mac but I don't use it anymore.
    But I am not sure how to help assuming that she doesn't know his iCloud password?

    Im afraid that she has been left in a very bad way financially, he didn't prepare anything so I am trying to help her make use of it but I am just not yet ready for a new mac so mine still has the drive, therefore its a whole different process to wipe a drive clean I suppose nowadays than it is on mine.

  7. SD-B macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2009
    No one knows the answer to my question???

    I just put it in this thread since it was very similar rather than starting a new one since the original posters question had been answered successfully.
    If thats a problem I will delete these posts and start a new thread but i thought it was best NOT to start a new thread if one could help it? ;)

  8. bobdamnit macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2014
    I would have her make a whole new iCloud account (So she remembers her username/password) and then have her download OS X Mavericks from the App Store on your Mac so that Mavericks is tied to her iCloud account.

    Then follow this: and make a USB installer for her Mavericks and have her MacBook Pro boot from the USB to reinstall Mavericks. Fully wipe the drive and start over with her new copy of Mavericks.

    She won't have iLife/iWork, but at least she'll have a MacBook Pro thats usable.
  9. SD-B macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2009

    Perfect....that should do it. Thank you very much!

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