System Restore?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by shoobirdy, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. shoobirdy macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    New to Macs so forgive the lack of knowledge :rolleyes:

    I just bought an iMac off ebay to get to grips with OSX etc before fully "conerting" to macs with a more up to date system.

    The problem is that it's still set up under someone else's profile and to install new or update software I need the admin password which I do not have. I've tried to contact the seller who doesn't seem to know either so I'm a bit stuck!

    I don't have and installation disks so I was wondering if there's some way to restart the whole thing from scratch - similar to a system restore on acer and dell laptops - without losing the OS and original set up software?

    Thanks in advance for any help :)
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Sadly not, you need the system installer discs that would've come with the mac, Do you know what system is installed? 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) etc etc

    You can pick up Mac OSX Tiger discs on ebay for pretty cheap these days now.
     
  3. shoobirdy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's Tiger that's installed.

    I've seen them on ebay so it's not a problem I guess - just annoying because I've been waiting a week for delivery (easter post lol) and was looking forward to messing around all night with it!

    Oh well - thanks for te info :p
     
  4. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    It's alright, make sure you get a retail disc, and not the 2 grey discs, as they're machine specific, and it'll be very very hard for you to track down the correct discs.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If the seller doesn't know then it's probably stolen.

    It's easier to buy a system with the original disks.
     
  6. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    That really isn't always the case... If it was, then atleast 50% of all used Macs on eBay are stolen :eek:
     

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