How To Easily Reset Mac OS X Leopard Back To The Setup Assistant Fresh Install Welcome Screen

» Posted by on Apr 3, 2009 in Mac, Mac OS, Tutorials | 2 comments

Boot Mac OS X Into Single User Mode by holding down Command + S on system boot.

Once the system has booted into its terminal looking single user mode simply type the following:

NOTE: Where it says USERNAME below simply replace that with your Mac OS X main admin login username.

$ mount -uw /
$ rm -R /Library/Preferences/$ rm -R /Users/USERNAME/
$ /bin/launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ &$ dscl . -delete /Users/USERNAME$ rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
$ exit


  1. Hi Mat

    I’m thinking about building an i7 machine myself, however I’m just not sure of the hardware compatibility. Here is a list of the components I plan to use:

    Do you think it would work?

    Product Description Savings Total Price
    Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Item #:N82E16819115225
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    ASRock X58 Extreme ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813157163
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820104180
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 AX5770 1GBD5-H Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814131330
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$8.00 Instant
    Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #:N82E16820139132
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$26.00 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate
    Grand Total: $901.95

  2. your memory and ssd are obviously fine as is the cpu as well however your GPU (video card) will -not- work by default, you will get a standard low res display mode out of it to setup but it will not work properly without the required kext (drivers) which look to be doable but a bit more illusive than most, I’d suggest going with a nvidia GPU (GTX like the mac pro uses because we know it has default compatibility) also the motherboard can in fact be hackintoshed however there isn’t a lot of support for it from what I’ve seen, I’m a big ASUS fan as well but when it comes to hackintoshes I ALWAYS go gigabyte (as do most hackintosh builders) there’s a lot of support for gigabyte hackintosh mobo’s out there and thats why they’re the standard.

    I’d be happy to build and configure the hackintosh for you for fun if you’d like just let me know and I can help you spec it out or spec it out and build it and ship it to you if you like


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