In­her­it­ing a Mac­Book

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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.

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