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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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I got ML preinstalled but doesn't know how to get the binary copy

Hi,

This is my 2nd post - i am an active reader only in this forum.

I got my new macbook air 2012 / 13" with ML preinstalled. However, I don't know how to get the original copy of ML for the purpose i.e. OS Reinstallation. Is it through Mac App Store? I checked in Mac App Store, still I have to buy it, which I thought I should get it for free. I already registered my machine to apple as well.

Thanks for help.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Hi,

This is my 2nd post - i am an active reader only in this forum.

I got my new macbook air 2012 / 13" with ML preinstalled. However, I don't know how to get the original copy of ML for the purpose i.e. OS Reinstallation. Is it through Mac App Store? I checked in Mac App Store, still I have to buy it, which I thought I should get it for free. I already registered my machine to apple as well.

Thanks for help.
Why would you want to do this?
If you need to restore your machine to factory fresh, hold down command+r at boot, and you'll boot into recovery, where you can reinstall from a netimage of OSX. If you mean to install on another machine - you can't do that. Just buy it - it's 20 dollars for crying out loud.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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Why would you want to do this?
If you need to restore your machine to factory fresh, hold down command+r at boot, and you'll boot into recovery, where you can reinstall from a netimage of OSX. If you mean to install on another machine - you can't do that. Just buy it - it's 20 dollars for crying out loud.
I'm with the op, it's annoying that you can't easily get a binary version. What if i'm paranoid and want a reinstall thumbdrive available just in case for an offline reinstall? That's not so far fetched.

OP: If you got ML from the mac app store, you can extract the binary from the download file. Alternatively, there are some instructions available on how to use the command-r recovery to obtain the binary without actually reinstalling. Unfortunately, the easiest way to obtain it though bittorrent or something.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Spyguy is right, copies easily and instantly available anywhere in the world. Do you really want to regress to hoarding, protecting, and lugging DVDs?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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Do you really want to regress to hoarding, protecting, and lugging DVDs?
Yes. I want a copy of the OS on a thumb drive.

I went through pains to make a copy for myself and they don't make it easy. Took me hours to get a working thumb drive.

All this cloud stuff no good.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Yes. I want a copy of the OS on a thumb drive.

I went through pains to make a copy for myself and they don't make it easy. Took me hours to get a working thumb drive.

All this cloud stuff no good.
That's just... dumb- not saying you are, just the idea that "if I can't hold it I don't own it" kind of thing. ML restore works offline in fixing the system to a useable point, if you want to restore it all the way, go to a starbucks if you can't get internet at home for some odd reason.

If you're on Mars, however - Can't help you there - ask Nasa. (In reference to curiosity's "system upgrade" after it landed - they wiped and restored a robot from millions of miles away... from the "cloud")
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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I've been doing this for a long time and I want control of my stuff too and not have to rely on the Internet and some far-away server when I need to re-install. Apple making it difficult - FAIL.

By the same token I just spent 2 days to find out, Outlook Mac doesn't sync with my iPhone easily. All the work-around solutions are for Outlook Windows only. Apple is pointing fingers at MS. Only Apple's own calendar/reminder offering sux. WTF.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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Hi,

This is my 2nd post - i am an active reader only in this forum.

I got my new macbook air 2012 / 13" with ML preinstalled. However, I don't know how to get the original copy of ML for the purpose i.e. OS Reinstallation. Is it through Mac App Store? I checked in Mac App Store, still I have to buy it, which I thought I should get it for free. I already registered my machine to apple as well.

Thanks for help.
You won't get ML free from the App store because you did not buy it there. You can however get a full installer for your machine from Apple's servers using this process. Then use the installer file you downloaded along with this free app and a 8GB USB key to make your USB key installer.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:30 PM   #9
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Thanks all. So the schema would be:

1. Use pre-installed binary in the machine by activating Cmd-R during reboot
2. If I still want to get free purchase from Apple, I might follow the OSX Mountain Lion update program (max. 30 days after purchased)
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