does buying the mba let you download for free on another.machine

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by henrikrox, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. henrikrox macrumors 65816

    henrikrox

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    hello

    just a quick question. i got the new mba that comes with lion. know i have a old.mbp. do i have to buy lion. or does buying the mba mean i bought lion.

    really want to know before i wipe the drive in the mbp
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you have to buy Lion to install it on your other Mac. Buying a Mac with Lion pre-installed doesn't give you the ability to install on other Macs free.
     
  3. henrikrox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    a follow up question

    now since my mbp has leopard on it, is there no way to buy lion on my mba?
    if i go to the appstore it just says installed, and no option to buy it.

    If i could buy it on the mba, i could just make a bootable usb and install lion directly on my mbp

    but it seems i can't buy it, and the only way for me to get lion on my mbp, is to buy snow leopard on my mbp, then by lion

    is that correct?

    Seems weird i can't buy lion on my mba, to use it on another machine
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Why not just buy lion on the thumb drive, that solves all your problems
     
  5. sth macrumors 6502a

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    Except that it's much more expensive.
     
  6. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Welcome to Apple pricing :)
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    We're not talking by a lot, I mean the OP is able to afford an MBA, so complaining about an extra 30 - 40 bucks shouldn't be a big deal.
     
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  9. Darth.Titan, Sep 26, 2011
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    Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Because it's running Leopard. Thus, no App Store.

    OP, can you use the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant on your MacBook Air, and use the resulting boot drive on your MBP? Just a thought.
     
  10. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    If you bought a Mac that shipped with Snow Leopard during the free Lion upgrade period, you were eligible for a free Mac App Store upgrade to Lion. You could then download that App Store upgrade for four other Macs, as well.
     

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