View Full Version : Setting up Profile on Used Mac

13th September 2007, 03:33 PM
For the experienced users this will sound like a stupid question.
I'm close to buying a used PowerBook and was wondering how do I:
a) clear the old owners profile, etc, and
b) create a new profile for myself as the new owner of the Mac
Is there a simple step by step instruction somewhere on the web I should be looking for?

13th September 2007, 03:34 PM
Use the factory recover media to reinstall it. Which the seller might do, cause personally I wouldn't sell a used machine with anything on it, but a restored version of the shipped OS.

13th September 2007, 04:00 PM
Yes another stupid question.
Where do I find this program? Are you saying its on the OS X which comes with the machine?

13th September 2007, 05:06 PM
They should give you the restore CD's /DVD's that came with the machine in the first place.

Use these to wipe the HDD and restore all software.

Usually - insert the restore CD or whatever and start the computer whilst holding down the 'C' key.

The software will then ask you to set up your computer from scratch including your profile.

If this software does not come with the computer you may need to consider getting hold of a copy of OSX from Apple or eBay or somewhere and wipe the HDD and restore your computer as outlined above.