Upgrade to Mountain Lion and then sell

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by tburk32, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. tburk32 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I currently have a 2011 Macbook Air that my girlfriend would like to buy from me I intend on installing Mountain Lion for her so she has the latest OS on it but what would be the best option for doing this? I currently have $25 itunes credit that I used my Best Buy Rewardzone coupon to purchase with the intentions of using it to upgrade to ML (so technically I didn't spend any of my own money). So my question is what would happen if I were to purchase and download ML using my Apple ID and then wipe the computer for her to use her Apple ID and still have Mountain Lion? My biggest concern would be if it ever needs to be "reformatted" would we need to buy it again using her Apple ID? Also is this even legal? Finally on a slightly different note is it legal to rip the OS X mountain lion image to put it on my own USB as a recovery option? I know it is a lot of questions for a fairly simple question but I intend on buying the new 2012 Air that will have a free download for ML and I already have the $25 itunes credit that I most likely wouldn't use for anything other than the upgrade to ML and apparently you aren't able to gift apps or an OS in the Mac App store as you can in itunes.
  2. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    Mountain Lion will behave same as Lion. When you install it, it installs a recovery partition. If you need to reinstall the OS, you install from this recovery partition. The install will require an Apple ID with Mountain Lion "purchased" on the account to install. This could be anyone's Apple ID.

    It's the same as any App you buy from the App Store. You need a valid Apple ID with the purchase to install.
  3. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Legally (according to the SLA), you can only install ML from the Mac App Store on Macs that you "own or control". The license is non-transferable. You can create a copy for backup purposes.

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