If I buy a new MBA, will I be able to install Lion on my iMac for free?

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  1. justywusty macrumors regular

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  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    No, the Up to Date program will only let you install it on the Mac that is bought with in the specified time period. It will not allow you to install it on other Macs.
     
  3. EasyRider macrumors regular

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    But all other app store software allows multiple installs. Wont it show under your account as a purchased app?
     
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    No, it'll be a unique installation to the Mac bought during the Up to Date program. It'll probably show up as an update in Software Update.
     
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    I'm talking about if my new refreshed MacBook air comes with lion....can I install it on my iMac...same answer though I bet. After thinking about it more, that wouldn't make much sense.
     
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    You still won't be able to install it on your iMac.
     
  7. KillerTree macrumors regular

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    How would you reinstall Lion if it's ever uninstalled on a new Macbook Air if this is the case?
     
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    Once Lion is installed it'll make a recovery partition that will assist in the reinstallation of Lion if needed. If the whole drive is replaced, the end user must first install Snow Leopard then update to Lion. It is currently unknown how an end user will reinstall Lion on a Mac the ships with Lion if they replace their hard drive.
     
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    All machines come with restore discs (or USB sticks in the case of the MBA) with the OS. I don't see Lion changing this. Although you might see more and more machines shipping with USB sticks instead of DVDs. And the restore is usually locked to the exact model it ships with.
     
  10. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

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    It's not that the upgrade fee is anything spectacular?:confused:
     
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    And, I'm wrong on this. Wow, didn't expect how wrong I was.

    The new Airs don't come with a USB stick for recovery anymore. Instead you either use the recovery partition, or if your HDD gets entirely hosed, you can boot into an "Internet Restore" mode. That will launch the recovery mode over the network and let you reinstall the OS that way.

    So it's a sure bet you won't be allowed to install Lion on the iMac just because you bought an Air.
     
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    Do the drop in discs supplied in the box now with all new machines (manufactured pre-Lion release) are machine specific?
     
  13. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    Correct. There are likely ways to bypass it (the check that locks the disc to the model), but the builds themselves are also specific for the machine.

    If you have, say, a 10.6.6 disc from a 2011 MBP, then it is really 10.6.6 (+MBP specific drivers). Those additional changes won't be in a stock OS X build until 10.6.7. So you can't just clone a 10.6.6 from another machine to a 2011 MBP either, it has to be 10.6.7 or later.
     
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    Can't you just use CD Sharing to transfer the installer for Lion onto a disc in the iMac, and once burned use that to install Lion to the iMac?
     

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