Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1982 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 19

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 113029 3-Jan-2013 08:25
Send private message

How do I ensure my personal credentials, i.e. Apple ID, purchases and the associated credit card are completely removed from a Mountain Lion install?

Create new topic

This is a filtered page: currently showing replies marked as answers. Click here to see full discussion.

5567 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 744

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 739585 3-Jan-2013 08:51
Send private message

The Apple ID is only used to verify the licence during installation and isn't stored after that.

The best way to "tidy up" a fresh installation is convoluted because you can't delete the last remaining user from inside the GUI. You don't absolutely have to do this, but if you want the system to boot to the original Setup Assistant then here's how you do it:

Edit: Step 0: Deauthorise your iTunes account if you haven't already! It's done by hardware serial number so you can still do this after reformatting if you forgot about it.

1. Boot into single-user mode by holding Cmd-S at the chime.
2. When prompted, type "/sbin/fsck -fy" and "/sbin/mount -uw /" as requested.
3. Type the following commands.

launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.opendirectoryd.plist
dscl . -list /groups GroupMembership | grep Mac

You may get an error (which can be ignored) but should get a list of groups that the user "Mac" is a member of.

4. Remove the user from each group by typing this command for each group:

dscl . delete /groups/GROUPNAME GroupMembership Mac (you may get another error which can be ignored)

5. Clean up the user account:

dscl . delete /groups/Mac (this one may not exist)
dscl . delete /users/Mac
rm /private/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/Mac.plist (this may also not exist)
rm -rf /Users/Mac

6. Finally, restore the Setup Assistant and reboot:

rm /private/var/db/.AppleSetupDone
reboot

7. Once the system comes back up, it should boot into the Setup Assistant. Press Cmd-Q and select to shut down. It'll continue to boot into the Assistant, just like a brand-new machine :)

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Behind Spark’s slow-burn 4.5G plan
Posted 26-Jun-2017 16:23


Red Hat unveils production-ready open source hyperconverged infrastructure
Posted 23-Jun-2017 22:10


Whatever ailed Vodafone broadband … seems to be fixed
Posted 23-Jun-2017 14:10


VMware NSX Meets Stringent Government Security Standards with Common Criteria Certification
Posted 22-Jun-2017 19:05


Brother launches next-generation colour laser printers and all-in- ones for business
Posted 22-Jun-2017 18:56


Intel and IOC announce partnership
Posted 22-Jun-2017 18:50


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Best Android tablet
Posted 21-Jun-2017 12:05


Wellington-based company helping secure Microsoft browsers
Posted 20-Jun-2017 20:51


Endace delivers high performance with new 1/10/40 Gbps packet capture card
Posted 20-Jun-2017 20:50


You can now integrate SMX security into Microsoft Office 365, Google and other cloud email platforms
Posted 20-Jun-2017 20:47


Ravensdown launches new decision-making tool HawkEye
Posted 19-Jun-2017 15:38


Spark planning to take on direct management of all consumer stores
Posted 19-Jun-2017 10:03


Qrious acquires Ubiquity
Posted 14-Jun-2017 12:21


Spark New Zealand prepares for 5G with Nokia
Posted 14-Jun-2017 12:16


The future-proof 10.5-inch iPad Pro
Posted 13-Jun-2017 18:16



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.