Can you purchase lion twice (2 sep copies) on same computer?

kultschar

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Can you buy Lion twice on on the same computer with 2 separate Apple IDs??

I cannot download it where I am due to my ISP but my friend can where he is

If he buys it and installs it etc for himself, is it poss for him to log in with my ID and also download it again for me under my name and then pass it to me on a USB stick when I next see him?

Im not sure how this works e.g. does it just download a dmg to your downloads awaiting you to execute it or does it try installing automatically?

We would both like it under our own seperate IDs
 

AppleDApp

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if you are having issues downloading it perhaps it's because the server is busy. Maybe wait a few days or go to the Apple store and download it there. I don't think it is possible to do what you mentioned. Maybe try him giving it to you as a gift thru the mac app store then you can just refund him the next time you see him.
 

kultschar

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if you are having issues downloading it perhaps it's because the server is busy. Maybe wait a few days or go to the Apple store and download it there. I don't think it is possible to do what you mentioned. Maybe try him giving it to you as a gift thru the mac app store then you can just refund him the next time you see him.

No its my ISP - only have 3GB a month where I live :(

Sounds like I will have probs getting this then
 

Lord Appleseed

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If he purchases the two copies with a different Apple Account each then it should work.
Alternatively you could also just purchase Lion on your Account where you are but without downloading and get his Lion copy(since its the same) from a USB.
 

kultschar

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If he purchases the two copies with a different Apple Account each then it should work.
Alternatively you could also just purchase Lion on your Account where you are but without downloading and get his Lion copy(since its the same) from a USB.
Well my friend has just installed Lion however he said after downloading it automatically installs hence im not sure what happens if he downloads another copy with another account.

Your second idea, me purchasing and using his USB copy - would this not be registered to him though?

i.e. im thinking like iPad Apps / music. The files are signed under the account downloaded from hence it wouldnt really work and it the install would be under his name?
 

Lord Appleseed

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Well my friend has just installed Lion however he said after downloading it automatically installs hence im not sure what happens if he downloads another copy with another account.
He doesn't have to download it again if he copies the downloaded file before he goes on with the installation. After all the Installer waits for the user to prompt.

Your second idea, me purchasing and using his USB copy - would this not be registered to him though?
No
 

HawaiiMacAddict

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Well my friend has just installed Lion however he said after downloading it automatically installs hence im not sure what happens if he downloads another copy with another account.

Your second idea, me purchasing and using his USB copy - would this not be registered to him though?

i.e. im thinking like iPad Apps / music. The files are signed under the account downloaded from hence it wouldnt really work and it the install would be under his name?
Once it's installed, you're out of luck, as the install files are deleted upon completion of the install itself. Additionally, you don't have to install it after downloading it. I downloaded Lion this morning before I went to work and it's waiting for me to install it once I return tonight.

Have your friend sign out of the Mac App Store, then sign in with your account. That way, you can download your own copy - just remember to copy the installer files from the .dmg. In other words, look in /Applications form the Lion installer, right-click (or control-click) and select Open Package Contents (or something like that). I believe the actual installer is in the Contents folder. It's called ESD Installer or something similar. Copy that file to a thumb drive or other external drive and you can install Lion on your own computer at a later time.
 

kultschar

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Once it's installed, you're out of luck, as the install files are deleted upon completion of the install itself. Additionally, you don't have to install it after downloading it. I downloaded Lion this morning before I went to work and it's waiting for me to install it once I return tonight.

Have your friend sign out of the Mac App Store, then sign in with your account. That way, you can download your own copy - just remember to copy the installer files from the .dmg. In other words, look in /Applications form the Lion installer, right-click (or control-click) and select Open Package Contents (or something like that). I believe the actual installer is in the Contents folder. It's called ESD Installer or something similar. Copy that file to a thumb drive or other external drive and you can install Lion on your own computer at a later time.
Awesome - cheers for clearing the process up, I understand how it works now!!! :)

In case I do have to download it here, does the Mac App Store let you pause and resume downloads (like iTunes does)

e.g. I often buy an album and download it over the space of few days (on days where I have not used up too many MBs)
 

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