I bought a used iMac and when I turn it on I am shown the OS X Utilities screen. I would like to install the operating system but I cannot do so.
I have tried everything suggested on other questions on this topic:
- Factory reset
I.e. formatting the hard drive (as instructed by Apple) and restarting. According to the Apple website, this was supposed to bring up the country selection screen, but it didn't. It simply takes me back to OS X Utilities.
- Resintall OS X
There is an option to reinstall OS X El Capitan. After signing into iCloud (with a new account I had to make for this - I did not have one before) I get the error message "This item is temporarily unavailable". I have Googled this and tried the many fixes to no avail. Apparently the original user's iCloud account should be used, but I do not have access to this, nor do I want them to be linked to this computer.
- Other macOS Recovery modes
Apple gives key combinations for other recovery options. I have tried all three of them as instructed but I am always asked to enter the iCloud details.
- Boot from CD
I do not have the original CD with the operating system on it, nor do I have access to a computer that can burn a bootable disk. (This is not an option I want to consider to be honest - resetting an Apple computer doesn't require this according to the many guides and videos on this issue.)
Screenshots of hard drive formatting:
Screenshot of iCloud error: