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    Upgrading a Preowned MacBook Pro
    Hello,

    I just purchased a used MacBook Pro (mid 2010 15" 2.4 i5) as my first Mac and I have a few, hopefully easy, questions. I would like to upgrade to Lion, and I would also like to clear out all of the previous owner's data, settings and applications. My only issue is Microsoft Office and Adobe CS5 is already on there, and I would like to keep those. I do not have any disks for either.

    So I guess the quick version is how do I ugrade to Lion, clear out the data, restore it to as close to new out of the box as possible, but keep Office and CS5?

    Thanks!
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    Nope. There isn't. If you bought those applications, you'll have the license key. If you didn't, you shouldn't be running them anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Nope. There isn't. If you bought those applications, you'll have the license key. If you didn't, you shouldn't be running them anyway.
    Thanks for the quick answer.

    Yea, I don't have any keys. They were just on the Mac when I bought it. So then I guess the next best course of action is to just upgrade to Lion and clear all data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeCos187 View Post
    Thanks for the quick answer.

    Yea, I don't have any keys. They were just on the Mac when I bought it. So then I guess the next best course of action is to just upgrade to Lion and clear all data?
    Yup, it goes against the licensing agreement to sell the computer with that software on it so when you upgrade to lion wipe off all the po's stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 19birel View Post
    Yup, it goes against the licensing agreement to sell the computer with that software on it so when you upgrade to lion wipe off all the po's stuff.
    OK, those are the least of my worries anyways. They aren't going to be needed on this computer so it was more of a "if they are here, why not." So no big loss.

    So when I upgrade to Lion through the app store there is an option to restore everything to default?

    I'm also having an issue with this because it won't connect to the internet. "Ethernet has a self-assigned IP address and will not be able to connect to the internet." From what im reading, that's another big issue in itself haha.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeCos187 View Post
    So when I upgrade to Lion through the app store there is an option to restore everything to default?
    Did you get any OS install disks with this computer (most likely those that are gray/silver colored)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeCos187 View Post
    OK, those are the least of my worries anyways. They aren't going to be needed on this computer so it was more of a "if they are here, why not." So no big loss.

    So when I upgrade to Lion through the app store there is an option to restore everything to default?

    I'm also having an issue with this because it won't connect to the internet. "Ethernet has a self-assigned IP address and will not be able to connect to the internet." From what im reading, that's another big issue in itself haha.

    Thanks again!
    Those details I am unsure of as I'm still running Snow. As far as your internet connection goes click on the small wifi icon at the top of you desktop task bar thing (it's grey and shows the time/date) it will say something about your airport, make sure that your airport is turned on then try to connect. If it doesn't the network may have timed out or something preventing you from connecting. If it is not either of those then IDK hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Did you get any OS install disks with this computer (most likely those that are gray/silver colored)?

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    No disks of any sort.

    Quote Originally Posted by 19birel View Post
    Those details I am unsure of as I'm still running Snow. As far as your internet connection goes click on the small wifi icon at the top of you desktop task bar thing (it's grey and shows the time/date) it will say something about your airport, make sure that your airport is turned on then try to connect. If it doesn't the network may have timed out or something preventing you from connecting. If it is not either of those then IDK hahaha
    Yea I'm not sure whats going with it. Its not that so ill start doimg some research on this so i can then connect and upgrade to lion. Hopefully it lets you wipe everything when I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeCos187 View Post
    No disks of any sort.
    Since you just bought this MBP used...and want to start "fresh"...here's what I would recommend:

    1. Purchase Lion from the Mac App Store.
    2. Immediately "burn" a Lion "Boot DVD". Do not install Lion.
    3. Backup anything you may need to backup.
    4. Boot the MBP from the Lion Boot DVD you made.
    5. Open Disk Utility (from the menu at the top of the installer window) and reformat the hard drive (Mac OS Extended Journaled).
    6. Quit Disk Utility.
    7. Proceed with the Lion install.

    HTH,

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Since you just bought this MBP used...and want to start "fresh"...here's what I would recommend:

    1. Purchase Lion from the Mac App Store.
    2. Immediately "burn" a Lion "Boot DVD". Do not install Lion.
    3. Backup anything you may need to backup.
    4. Boot the MBP from the Lion Boot DVD you made.
    5. Open Disk Utility (from the menu at the top of the installer window) and reformat the hard drive (Mac OS Extended Journaled).
    6. Quit Disk Utility.
    7. Proceed with the Lion install.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    That does help, I will do exactly that. Maybe it will clear the settings and the internet will work too! Now do you know if I can go on a windows computer and create this boot disk? Since I cant get this Mac on the internet. I am doubting this one... Hah

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeCos187 View Post
    Now do you know if I can go on a windows computer and create this boot disk? Since I cant get this Mac on the internet. I am doubting this one... Hah
    Aah...sorry about that...I forgot you were having internet issues with your MBP.

    Are the internet connection issues with both Airport (wireless) and via an ethernet cable?

    Connecting via Airport is usually very very easy. If you're having issues with Airport at your current location...go to somewhere they have free WiFi like McDonald's, Starbucks, or Panera bread (I think these guys still all have free WiFi)...and purchase & download Lion that way.

    If you cannot connect via Airport at one of these places...then there is definitely something up with your MBP (hardware issue or network/Airport settings)...since I've never had a problem connecting with the free WiFi at these locations.

    Good luck,

    - Nick

    p.s. I'm not exactly sure about purchasing & downloading via a Windows computer. You're supposed to have Mac OS 10.6.6 or later to access the "Mac App. Store"...not sure if this is possible on a Windows computer.
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    Yea it's both Airport and Ethernet. I am trying at work, so hopefully airport will work when I get home or at a free location.

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    Whenever you purchase a pre-loved Mac make sure you get the system discs and discs and codes for any 'included' software otherwise you have been diddled by the seller. if it is a 2010 model, it will be running Snow Leopard OS X.6.3. Update to OS X.6.8, and from there you can download Lion for $29 and as Nick suggested, prior to running installer, burn to a USB thumb drive as they are easier to manage than the DVD.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Whenever you purchase a pre-loved Mac make sure you get the system discs and discs and codes for any 'included' software otherwise you have been diddled by the seller.
    Hey Harry...great terminology!!! You brought two smiles to my face today with "pre-loved" and "diddled"!

    Nobody likes getting diddled!

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    Haha I guess I got diddled =( Well I am posting this from the mac at home, so I guess the internet problem is more of a network issue at work. I will tinker with that in some down time. I will follow your little plan now, Nick. Thanks!

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