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Experience:  20+ years in the computer/Mac industry
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Just bought a 1 year old iMac and it doesn't let me update

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Just bought a 1 year old iMac and it doesn't let me update the software from the app store. It puts up the apple Id from the previous owner and I haven't been able to change it to mine and I don't have their password.
JA: When did you last reset your Apple ID or password?
Customer: an hour ago
JA: Have you installed any updates recently?
Customer: I just updated the OS to 10-12
JA: What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: I tried looking for a pref I could delete. That's about all
JA: Anything else you want the Mac expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  John T. F. replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  John T. F. replied 2 months ago.

Each app downloaded from the Mac App Store is tied to the original Apple ID used to purchase it. This can not be changed and the software can not be transferred to your ID, sadly. In order to remedy the situation you must delete the App and/or re-download it from the App Store. This will then allow you to update it in the future.

If you have any specific questions about doing the above, or need help signing into the Apple Store using your own ID, please let me know.

Thanks,

John