Inheriting a MacBook
I have a MacBook, which I got when my daughter upgraded. Everything works fine and I’m the sole user. My only problem is with the App Store. When an update is selected, it asks for an Apple ID password, but with my daughter’s ID, which is greyed out and can’t be changed. Is there a way to change this to my own Apple ID, or do I have to reset the MacBook? John R. Gordon The procedure for hand-medown laptops is the same as for other secondhand Macs: they need to be erased and reinstalled using Internet Recovery mode. This is because OS X is irrevocably tied to the Apple ID that was used to install it. You’ll be able to install the operating system this way but any other apps from the App Store are tied to that Apple ID as well and you have no legal title to them. This doesn’t just apply to third-party apps, it includes the iLife apps (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand). These are bundled for free with a new Mac, but they aren’t actually part of OS X. Your daughter can give you the Mac hardware, but she can’t transfer the apps tied to her Apple ID.
After you have reset the MacBook, you can sign in to the App Store and download these apps again. GarageBand is free but the other two cost £10.49 each. Or you could leave the MacBook tied to her Apple ID and just get her to type in her password whenever you need to update.