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OS reinstall issues for macbook pro 10.8

Update:11-30Source: network consolidation
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I have a used macbook pro 10.8.  I erased the macitosh HD and tried to reinstall mountain lion OS*.  Used my appleID but not allowed to download the OS because my appleID does not show any purchase of mountain lion. 
Am I required to purchase the OS in order to continue? 
Is there another way?
*The reason I went about deleting the HD was because the previous owner had an admin. password lock which I lost and clean everything off it. 

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Thanks for your reply. Your suggestion reminded me to try restoring from an earlier backup, but no success. An error stopped the restore process and left me where I started.
Password reset.... I should have done more research before doing what I did. No more DIY when it comes to computers.
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