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Set up a refurbished MBP



Set up a refurbished MBP




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Yesterday, 18:52 PM

My wife’s boss got her a refurbished 15 ”MacBook Pro. It is an old Core i7 from 2013 with Retina display. It actually has a Magsafe2 power connection. So yes, old. But pretty.

I went to set up the thing for her, and I’m stumped right outside the bat. It’s been a while since I had to set up a Mac, but the installation screen does not look quite right in any way. What strikes me, however, is the preferred language choice. It says “English (Qatar)” Qatar? Is that how it should be? Or is this a refurbishment that was originally sold in Qatar? There are no other language choices.

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Yesterday, 19:58

You will need a regular copy of the installer. The included one is located. The easiest way is to create your own USB installer – you need a blank 16GB or larger USB flash drive.

Which OS version did you want to install?








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Yesterday, 20:52

She is currently using 10.13.2 on her personal MBP, so I guess that would be fine for continuity and lower chance of surprises.

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Yesterday, 22:58

Apple makes it unnecessarily difficult to install older versions of macOS.

Go to the DosDude High Sierra page. Download the patch tool. Use the patch to download the latest version of High Sierra and create a USB installer.

In fact, you do not need any updates for unsupported systems (and it will not try to use any). This is just the easiest way I know of creating a USB installer with the latest version of a particular operating system.











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