Hi all, So I have gotten myself into a bit of a jam and was hoping to get some help from you fine folks. I recently bought a new 15 inch rMBP and decided to give my old laptop to my mother as a Christmas present (she just needs something basic for email and word processing when she travels). It is an early 2011 model so it came with Snow Leopard (though it is currently running Yosemite). I have done some research and know I need to restore it to the OS it shipped with and then have my mother upgrade it from there to avoid causing problems with later OS installations being tied to my Apple ID. Here's the problem: I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to fly to visit her and I just realized I forgot to find the system restore DVD before I left. I am looking for alternatives to get this computer wiped and set up fresh before Christmas day. From poking around on the web, it sounds like I have at least a few options. Buy another 10.6 disk from Apple and restore, upgrade it to 10.6.8 and then install a later OS from the App Store using my mother's Apple ID. Buy a Lion (or possibly later?) installation on a thumb drive, install and then upgrade. Do an internet restore to Yosemite. I think this would be tied to my Apple ID still so I'm not wild about this approach. Though, I wouldn't be 100% opposed if this is my only option since I am giving it to a family member. Are there other solutions I haven't thought of? I don't mind paying for a new copy of Snow Leopard or Lion if it will get the job done. Is there any difference between restoring from the system DVD and a retail copy of Snow Leopard? Is there any way to restore to do an internet restore to one of the more modern versions of OS X (Lion or later) and not have it tied to my Apple ID? Thanks in advance for your help.