installing Lion on multiple computers

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cfs, May 27, 2012.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    Hi All,

    I want to buy Lion and install it on three of my macs but I am running into a dilema. I may give one of my macs away in a few months and the Apple ID will then change. What will happen to the computer when the new owner switches Apple IDs?

    Thanks,

    cfs
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It will run just fine, but if he ever wants to reinstall Lion he would not be able to get it from the App store without paying for it again.
     
  3. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks. Just so I'm sure I understand, pretty much only if the owner uninstalls Lion will they have to purchase it gain?

    thanks again,

    cfs
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is right. If he just uses it and does not delete anything that would require an OS install, it will run forever.
     
  5. throAU macrumors 601

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    This.

    Or, you burn a copy of the installer to disk/usb stick and give him that.

    Although legally that's probably dubious - with Lion, your license seems to follow YOU (i.e., you can install on any machine you "own or administer"), rather than be per machine.
     
  6. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry. But I am confused a bit. Does Lion run like other OS's? If I install Lion and sell my computer, ill I will need to uninstall and reinstall the OS with my Snow Leopard CD?
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Legally, yes. Your Lion license is for you and your computers, so technically you should go back an install from the Snow Leopard DVD to get a licensed version back on there. But if you just leave Lion on there when you sell it, it will continue to work fine with Lion for the new owner. Only issue would be if the new owner wanted to reinstall Lion fresh for some reason, he would not be able to.
     
  8. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Got it. Thanks.
     

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