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10.5: Create an updated OS X install on a to-be-sold Mac
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 07, '09 10:10:29AM

I have trouble understanding what this hint wants to achieve.
(1) Yes, before selling a Mac one should wipe the disk and probably make a fresh install (including all updates).
If the hint is just a very verbose version of that single sentence (1), I do not really see the point of it.
If the point is to deliver the Mac in such a state that upon the first restart it brings up the set-up assistant and allows for the Migration Assistant to be used, maybe that should be pointed out clearly in the motivation for this hint. (I am not even sure whether this hint actually achieves this.)



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P.S.: Ah, overlooked reference to welcome movie
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 07, '09 11:47:54AM

In the very last paragraph, it references the Welcome Movie, thus indicating that the purpose of this hint was the Welcome screen (including set-up assistent).



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P.P.S.: Does one really has to bypass the set-up assistant?
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 07, '09 02:58:53PM

What is wrong with simply going through the welcome routine, do the updates and then just reset that 'Welcome-bit'. Going through the set-up assistant really does not take that long.

So, the gist of the hint seems to me:
rm /private/var/db/.AppleSetupDone

Or does this not work after one went through the set-up assistant?



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P.P.S.: Does one really has to bypass the set-up assistant?
Authored by: las_vegas on Aug 07, '09 06:03:45PM

This technique, never creates a user (ID 500), leaving the configuration still in a "virgin" state. The receiver of the Mac will experience the same first use as any new Mac purchase, but not have to deal with the hassle of installing the iApps and all the updates.



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