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Old Jul 25, 2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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How to Re-Download Lion From the Mac App Store




Macworld points out that with the launch of OS X Mountain Lion today, Apple has seemingly removed OS X Lion from the Mac App Store. However, users can re-download it -- and then create a Recovery USB Key -- if they have already purchased it.



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Folks who already bought Lion can in fact re-download it, if they hold down Option when clicking on the Purchased tab. That secret shortcut makes Lion reappear in the list.

With the Option key trick, customers who own Lion and, for whatever reason, want to install it fresh on a compatible Mac, can do so.
Customers who never purchased Lion are out of luck as far as the App Store goes, though the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive is still available via the Apple Online Store for $69.

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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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so with ML, OS updates will be done through the MAS right? So when ML gets removed with the release of 10.9 does that mean no more updates?
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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so with ML, OS updates will be done through the MAS right? So when ML gets removed with the release of 10.9 does that mean no more updates?
They'll probably just hide the purchase link like they did with Lion :P You can still get updates, just like you always have, without actually needing to go into the apps' individual page; it will just show up in the software update location.
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so with ML, OS updates will be done through the MAS right? So when ML gets removed with the release of 10.9 does that mean no more updates?
I don't have Mountain Lion yet as I'm still awaiting my upgrade key, but I'm sure that whenever 10.9 is released, 10.8 users will still be able to get updates through the App Store. They can't just leave older users out in the cold.
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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Very strange decision if you ask me. Since the App Store is the only place where you can get Lion, people with systems that haven’t been upgraded before and are not eligible for Mountain Lion are basically stuck, unless they get it from other sources. Is this Apple’s way of saying ‘we don’t care about you anyway’? Even this option-click method to download it again appears to be more than a hidden way than an obvious solution, clearly to prevent inexperienced users from finding it. It feels as if Apple is trying to cut the cords as much as possible.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Very strange decision if you ask me. Since the App Store is the only place where you can get Lion, people with systems that haven’t been upgraded before and are not eligible for Mountain Lion are basically stuck, unless they get it from other sources. Is this Apple’s way of saying ‘we don’t care about you anyway’? Even this option-click method to download it again appears to be more than a hidden way than an obvious solution, clearly to prevent inexperienced users from finding it. It feels as if Apple is trying to cut the cords as much as possible.

According to Macworld you can get it by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE, although not all the reps there know about the option yet.
http://www.macworld.com/article/1167...app_store.html
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 01:37 AM   #8
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I don't see Lion in my purchase tab. I got it when I buy MBA, guess I'm out of luck.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 07:37 AM   #9
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Very strange decision if you ask me. Since the App Store is the only place where you can get Lion, people with systems that haven’t been upgraded before and are not eligible for Mountain Lion are basically stuck, unless they get it from other sources. Is this Apple’s way of saying ‘we don’t care about you anyway’? Even this option-click method to download it again appears to be more than a hidden way than an obvious solution, clearly to prevent inexperienced users from finding it. It feels as if Apple is trying to cut the cords as much as possible.
If you look on the OS X page, you'll see that anyone with the latest version of Snow Leopard can upgrade, regardless of whether or not they ever bought OS X Lion. If you have a machine bought within the past 2 years, you will have Snow Leopard on it. And if it's a machine that originally came with Leopard, Mountain Lion won't work on it anyway.

I don't see why you're worried/annoyed by Apple.
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And if it's a machine that originally came with Leopard, Mountain Lion won't work on it anyway.
That is not true. There are a couple of Macs that came with Leopard and are still capable of running Mountain Lion. I myself own a late 2008 aluminium MacBook. What I’ve heard from others on this forum, is that there are actually concerns about the missing Lion installer.

Even though Lion may not be supported for a long time anymore, it’s still more than Leopard or Snow Leopard. By purchasing Lion, customers at least make sure that they have the latest software their Mac can run, even when it’s not Mountain Lion. There is no way to reasonably explain this, I think that this is a purely strategic decision to force people to get Mountain Lion. Those with other systems apparently don’t count anymore and it wouldn’t surprise me if Apple would rather have them upgrade their system instead.
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I And if it's a machine that originally came with Leopard, Mountain Lion won't work on it anyway.
My MBP came with Tiger. Running ML right now.
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:34 PM   #12
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Hi i have tried the above method and it is not working for me. osx Lion is not coming up when i press the option key and click purchases.

just before installing mountain lion i accidentally clicked the cross next to the osx lion download button in the purchased apps section. now i can't find osx lion anywhere.

As i did pay for it i would like to make a copy of it just in case i ever need it.
can someone please help.

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Hi i have tried the above method and it is not working for me. osx Lion is not coming up when i press the option key and click purchases.

just before installing mountain lion i accidentally clicked the cross next to the osx lion download button in the purchased apps section. now i can't find osx lion anywhere.

As i did pay for it i would like to make a copy of it just in case i ever need it.
can someone please help.

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Go to the main page of the App Store and log in to your account (the link on the right hand side). There you find an option under iTunes in the Cloud to view hidden purchases. You can unhide it there.
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 07:57 PM   #14
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How do I get Mountain Lion with Snow Leopard? Will I get charged for Lion when I buy Mountain Lion then?
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 08:00 PM   #15
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I still have the OS X Lion available as a download in my Purchases list. But this whole thing is screwed up. I usually skip to every other OS, so I was planning to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Luckily, two weeks ago, I found out that my older Mac couldn't run Mountain Lion, so I hurried up and bought Lion because I suspected Apple would pull it from the App Store, leaving me with no way to purchase it. It's not like the old days of hard discs where you go on to eBay or amazon and still find old but still brand new OS's for sale. I'll bet there will be others like me in the coming weeks who think they're going to buy Mountain Lion, but when the find out it can't run on their Macs, they're going to be stuck. I think that if Apple is only going to make its software available in the App Store, they should have a special "clearance bin" section of older versions at discount prices for people who don't have the hardware to purchase the latest version.
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 08:12 PM   #16
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Go to the main page of the App Store and log in to your account (the link on the right hand side). There you find an option under iTunes in the Cloud to view hidden purchases. You can unhide it there.
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Hi i have tried the above method and it is not working for me. osx Lion is not coming up when i press the option key and click purchases.
I do not even have to option click on purchases to see Lion in the list of my purchases. Even Xcode for Snow Leopard still appears in that list (and that is a different beast than the free Xcode for Lion/Mountain Lion). The strange thing is that Amazon's Kindle app NEVER shows up in my list of purchases - it's the only app that the App Store always "forgets" to list; the App Store's been doing that since Snow Leopard.
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so with ML, OS updates will be done through the MAS right? So when ML gets removed with the release of 10.9 does that mean no more updates?
That's not how that works. The OS updates that will come through the Mac App Store are not the same as regular app updates. I believe they are the same updates that would normally come through Software Update, just integrated into the App Store app instead. The "Mountain Lion" item you buy from the MAS is the OS installer; the installer will likely get updated for new versions of the OS, but that will be separate from the OS updates themselves.
(This is just my intuition based on what I've seen; I don't know 100% how it works.)
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Does anyone agree with me that this makes sense, as it reduces consumer confusion?
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Does anyone agree with me that this makes sense, as it reduces consumer confusion?
I find that argument unconvincing. There would have been other methods to make customers aware of the difference, like an overview page or a pop up if customers attempt to download it, although they could get Mountain Lion instead. They could also just hide it entirely when the App Store detects that the customer’s Mac is capable of running Mountain Lion. These are all other options Apple could have taken to ensure that customers get the latest software, but don’t leave existing customers with Snow Leopard.
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Does anyone agree with me that this makes sense, as it reduces consumer confusion?

Makes perfect sense, if "planned obsolescence" is your sales model.
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Does anyone agree with me that this makes sense, as it reduces consumer confusion?
Sure, but there's a growing community of people who can't upgrade to OSX 10.8 so OSX 10.7 was a good option.
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if you upgraded from lion to mountain lion, you just go to the purchases and the OSX Lion is listed and ready for download. no need to use the option key trick. maybe OSX Lion will be hidden when you do a clean install. i don't know. anyone can confirm this?

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Neat trick, worked for me
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