Difference between retail dvd and install/restore Dvd?

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  1. Mugambo macrumors 6502

    Mugambo

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    Could anyone please explain the difference between a retail OS dvd (the ones purchased for upgrade) and install/restore OS dvd (the ones that come with a macbook)?

    Are they interchangeable and substituted?

    Or are they machine specific? (locked to one serial number)

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Purple retail discs can be used with any computer. The grey discs are strictly model specific.
     
  3. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    They're machine specific as in the model you're working with.
    Really, the only difference is the packaging and DVD design. Of course, you can't buy, say, a MacBook's Leopard Reinstall DVD to upgrade another Mac.
    Will not work.
     
  4. Mugambo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just to make sure if I got it right.

    When you say model specific, doesn't mean serial number specific, right?
     
  5. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    No.
     
  6. jmann macrumors 604

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    The are Serial (Machine) specific. Sorry. :(
     
  7. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    They are model number specific only, not serial number specific.

    In the past, some restore DVDs designed for certain Macs worked even with other models, but I haven't tried this since the G4 days.
     
  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Pretty sure it's just by model line/generation of that model line.
     
  9. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the retail disks can be used with any machine, while the grey machine disks are limited to any machine that's the same model.

    However, fun note, I used the Applications install disk from my 2009 mini to install iPhoto '09 on my PowerBook G4; I was rather surprised, pleasantly though, that it worked :D
     
  10. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    The major difference between a restore DVD set and a retail DVD is the restore DVD's include iLife and the retail copy doesn't. Other than that, they're interchangeable with one exception: If you need to reinstall your OS, the retail copy needs to be a newer OS version than the one originally installed on your system.

    As far as using restore disks on a different model, that's a no as stated above.
     

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