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  1. #1

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    Feb 01, 2014
    App store notices
    I bought a used Mac. The previous owner took all his software off. However, I keep getting update notices from the app store for two of the games he'd bought. How can I stop the notices from coming all the time?

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    pigoo3's Avatar
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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Whenever I purchase a used Mac...I erase the HD, reformat it, and do a fresh reinstall of the OS.

    Now the computer is "mine"...with no residual indications or references to the previous owner.

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    JohnCL's Avatar
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    Jan 29, 2009
    Kansas City
    I agree with Nick. If you are comfortable doing it, do a reformat and a fresh install. Even if I bought a used Mac and they told me they did a clean install I would still do it myself.
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    osxx's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    I also agree with Nick .

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    Slydude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 15, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.10.2, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    Clean install is best in this case for many reasons. Here's another thought though: If you launch the App Store. At the right side of the main window, in the Quick Links section, does the welcome message have your name or the previous owner's? If it has his name the machine is still logged into his account.
    try making sure you're logged into your account and see if the problem persists.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    What Mac and what operating system.

    For OS X.6 use the disc that may have come with the Mac, or purchase from Apple Online for $20.00. If later, OS X.7, X.8 and X.9 you will need an Apple ID so as you can download a new version. One of the problems with the three latter systems is that the copy on a machine ALWAYS belongs to the person with the Apple ID.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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