Installing Lion on all Authorised machines

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ajo, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. ajo macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    We have 2 macs here and iMac (Mine) and a MacBook Pro (Parents)

    Does this mean that we can install Lion on both machines for one price.

    What does an authorised machine mean. Would all the Credit Card details for iTunes etc have to be the same on both machines or can you share over so many machines within the home?


  2. Soliber macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2009
    The whole thing is sort of tied to your iTunes account.
    You can authorize up to 5 computers for one given iTunes account. In iTunes, it's under the menu "store" -> "authorize this computer".
    Given this, you can install 1 Lion license on those 5 authorized computers :)
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    There is no 5 machine limit. That applies only to iTunes media.
  4. Benz63amg, Jun 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011

    Benz63amg macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2010
    it has nothing to do with itunes lol, its just going to be a normal DMG file that you can install on ANY mac you own.

    this is nothing new, Snow leopard DVD was the same way, if u bought the single user license it doesnt mean you can only install it on one machine, thats how you should do it of course as being a loyal apple supporter, which i am of course :apple: , however, nothing is limiting you on installing snow leopard single user DVD on as many imacs or macbook pros as you want. So Apple trusts you to buy a family pack of Snow leopard if u want to install it on up to 5 devices and not use the single dvd version to do the exact same thing.

    Isnt it going to be the same with Lion? correct me if im wrong.
  5. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
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    No, you're correct.
  6. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You are, of course, wrong. Apple has explicitly stated that all of the terms and conditions of the Mac App Store apply to Lion, specifically the license to install it on all of the computers that you control. That means this is not a single-computer license like the previous DVD versions, but rather a sort of single-owner license (even saying single-user isn't correct, because it is in fact legitimate to install copies on multiple computers that you control even if they are used by other people, so long as they are not being used in a business environment, thus duplicating most of the requirements for the previous version Family Packs, but without a specific limit on the number of computers).

    The reason for the confusion is because despite claims of draconian DRM, this is in fact the most lenient license I've ever heard of for a paid OS, or any paid software for that matter.

  7. Benz63amg macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2010

    so the download is going to be tied to the Appstore account? how would it work though? i dont understand..

    when you run the Lion installer it would ask you to enter your appstore account or what?
  8. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    It's just like buying any other app through the app store. You buy it through the app store, your app store account shows it as a purchase. To install it on a 2nd Mac, if you're just upgrading from Snow Leopard, open up the app store and it will show up as one of your purchased apps, and you can re-download it and install it. If you want to do a fresh install instead, you'll have to burn a DVD of Lion from the Mac you downloaded it to (There are many posts with info on how to do that, and it's simple). Then you would just install it from the DVD like any other OS.
  9. Benz63amg macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2010
    So thats what im saying, once you download Lion from one iTunes on one computer, the file is downloaded on the computer, what if you go and take that file and burn it on a disc , that basically makes Lion installable on as many computers as you want because you dont need to redownload the lion file over and over again if you already downloaded it once and burned.

    am i not understanding this?
  10. nesl247 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2008
    You are correct. While it might not be apple supported, you can go and restore the InstallESD.dmg file in the installer to a usb drive, or burn it to a disc and install that way. Of course they might not officially support this method.
  11. philmo macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Is it possible to authorize one machine to run apps purchased on multiple AppStore accounts?

    I would prefer to have separate accounts for my personal and business (including potentially the Lion upgrade) apps, but I'm not sure whether I can authorize my one machine to run both.


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