Resetting Snow Leopard back to Setup Assistant

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shiunn, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. shiunn macrumors 6502

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    Hi ppl,

    I've asked this question few years before and was taught the Single User (UNIX) mode method. I'm trying to get my MacBook ready for hand-me-down. Is there a way to delete the necessary files/folder via target disc mode instead? And what files/folder do I need to delete?
    Thanks!
     
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  3. shiunn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    should have phrased my question more specifically.

    I've done a clean install, and I've went ahead and created an user account to do all the updates and install bundled apps. Now, before I hand it down to my sister, I want to delete my user account etc, so when she switches it on the first time, she will be greeted by the setup assistant. what files/folder do i delete? (i'm going to user target disc mode)

    Thanks!!
     
  4. Runwin macrumors newbie

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    How to reset OS X 10.6 to "Factory Fresh"

    It's a bit late, but I hope this helps someone. Just did it myself:

    Here are the Terminal commands to delete a temporary (or lone) account in single-user mode on Leopard (in the following commands, replace username with whatever account short name you've created). Note that this must all be done in single user mode (hold Command-S during boot).

    How to Reset your Snow Leopard 10.6 Mac to "factory fresh" user experience with setup assistant:

    Note: this does not securely delete data. If you are transferring this computer to another person, do a secure wipe, reinstall, run your updates, and THEN do this to clean up after yourself and provide a new experience to the recipient.

    -Make sure your temp account has a password set, however short.
    -Boot to single user mode by holding down Command+S when powering on until you see the boot sequence start.
    -Run these commands (the $ means the prompt)

    Code:
    $ mount -uw /
    $ rm -R /Library/Preferences/
    $ rm -R /Users/USERNAME/
    $ /bin/launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
    $ dscl . -delete /Groups/admin GroupMembership <username>
    note: this line doesn't seem to be needed: $ dscl . -delete /Users/USERNAME
    $ rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    $ shutdown -h now
    that's it.
    If you want to boot up and verify, let it boot, set your volume level and when you get to the first setup window press Command+Q to shut down without leaving any traces.
     

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