Copying pre-installed Mountain Lion to old Mac

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by nerd, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    May 15, 2004

    I just bought a new mini with Mountain Lion installed. I have an old mini with Snow Leopard that I'd like to upgrade. Do I need to buy Mountain Lion from the App Store or can I somehow make an installation disk from my new system? I'm kind of confused about recovery disks and how all that works.

  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, you need to buy ML to upgrade your old Mac. The ML that comes preinstalled on a new Mac is licensed for that Mac only.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Yes you need to purchase a license ($20) just like the rest of us. Open the Mac App Store, login with your AppleID and then type in Mountain Lion in the search field and purchase the upgrade. If you have additional Macs you can then upgrade them (assuming they are on Mountain Lion or later) for no additional costs.

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