Way to purge computer?

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  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    Hi, this may seem like an odd request, but here goes.

    If you go to an Apple retail store, each night, after the store closes, all the computers are purged and reset (getting rid of all the random stuff, pics, etc. from customers during the day).

    I'm looking for a way to have my computer purge itself each night, and wake up the next morning with the same set of files I want to have. Basically, I want the same thing Apple has -- a demo computer filled with fake files, that purges itself at night, and reloads those fake files each morning.

    Ideas? Suggestions? Really, I'm going for anything here. Thanks.
     
  2. bananabar macrumors regular

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    Just an idea - is it a particular login? Can you create a guest login that is only valid for 24hrs?
     
  3. ziggyonice thread starter macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    It's not a particular login. In fact, a guest login would work perfect because it can purge as soon as I log out.

    However....

    Is it possible to customize the guest login to have the same files, preferences, etc. each time it logs in?
     
  4. ziggyonice thread starter macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    Okay, update...

    I did a little more researching off your Guest account idea, and I'm thinking this might work.

    Basically customizing the user template, which is what the guest account uses.

    Thanks for the idea!
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    ^ really hard to. you need to fiddle around with system files. like deep penetration into the system's core.
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Kinky.
     
  8. bananabar macrumors regular

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    Wow... I actually helped someone!
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i used that Guide to create a custom Guest account. this is what it looks like right after booting.

    Picture-1.jpg

    works well except that you cannot share an iTunes or iPhoto library while theyre open in your main account.
     
  10. reh macrumors 6502a

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