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It was a migration before setting up a new user account. When the migration was complete their was a new user account that had the bare air book data and dock, as my old account and data, including the desktop screen, and the non-functioning desktop function. Identical to old machine.
I think I may have been unclear in my last reply. When the migration was complete, I had a new user account (bare bone, no migrated data, AND my old account duplicating the data on my old machine, right don to the desktop picture and the broken dashboard and download to dsktop functions. There appears to be a complete wall between the data in the two accounts. Hope this helps.
I'll try the first method (simpler).
But just to make things clear, the MBA means the Macbook Account? And deleting that will wipe out the Macbook Air data that came pre-installed as part of Mountain lion. Then I reinstall Mountain lion and create a new user account identical to the iMac account, which will merge the iMac data into new air book account with the Mountain lion format.
In other words, the information from the iMac will be merged into one account that uses the Mountain lion set up, but makes the iMac data available to select for use as desired. And I can trash any documents or other data that I migrated from the iMac, giving me back some badly needed hard drive space,
Have I got that right? Thanks for your patience.