Installing Mountain Lion
January 1, 2013 2:34 PM Subscribe
I'm selling my mid-2010 iMac on eBay. In the ad, I want to say that I'll include a copy of Mountain Lion on a USB stick so the buyer can install the OS once they take possession of the computer. What I don't know is what will happen if the buyer doesn't yet own a copy of Mountain Lion and they try to install the copy I give them which was downloaded using my Apple ID.
posted by Effigy2000 to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is the Mountain Lion installer I downloaded from the Mac App Store tied to my Apple ID? The internet is giving me differing answers on that subject. Most pages I read suggest DRM isn't applied to software downloaded from the Mac App store, but a few sources I've read suggest you'll run into problems trying to install a copy of Mountain Lion you didn't purchase yourself (which seems logical).
So let's say the installer is not tied to my Apple ID, and the potential buyer doesn't yet own a copy of Mountain Lion themselves. Will they even be able to use the OS or will the installer prompt them to purchase it once its installed/while its installing?
Would it be easier/safer just to tell the buyer in the ad that they'll need to buy a copy of Mountain Lion themselves? Is this even possible if the buyer don't already own a Mac?
Basically, I want to make sure I'm not committing piracy here (especially as eBay, Apple and the good men and women working in law enforcement would frown on such things), protect myself, my Apple ID and help the buyer.
Thanks in advance.