How to reinstall Lion w/o reinstalling apps, no Recovery HD

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Luba, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Installed Lion twice using Installer app (not clean install) in 2 HDDs with multi-partitions. No Recovery HD was created as expected from article I read, but both times all data in Documents gone including the Lion Installer app (had Installer app in Documents). Good thing I backed up. You think my Lion install is now screwed up?

    I now like to re-install Lion or maybe even do a clean install, but I rather not have to reinstall apps. Anyway to reinstall a fresh copy of Lion, but move previously installed apps over? Perhaps using Time Machine?
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2011
    HCM Vietnam
    Have you tried powering off your machine then power back on and immediately push and hold down command plus R at the same time till the apple logo goes away and it well take you to the download then follow the instructions.

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