Installing Lion without Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Akeaka, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Akeaka macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I was given a disk copy of our Lion by my brother but do not have Snow installed on my laptop nor the discs that contained it any longer, so it won't install.

    Is there a reliable means to install Lion without buying Snow again? I don't have the funds to do so right now.

    I'm running 1.5.8 on a 3 year old macbook pro
     
  2. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

    JRoDDz

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    Try booting off the Lion DVD and do a clean install.
     
  3. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

    Madd the Sane

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    Burn a Lion DVD, then boot from it.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "I was given a disk copy of our Lion by my brother but do not have Snow installed on my laptop nor the discs that contained it any longer, so it won't install."

    I can foresee 2 possible scenarios here.

    1. Your brother created a bootable Lion DVD and has given you a copy. In that case, you should be able to boot from it and do the install.

    2. Your brother burned a CD of the Lion install files, but NOT as a bootable DVD. If that's the case, you might be able to run the Lion installer from the DVD without a reboot, during which it will create the invisible partition (is it EFI and/or restore?) on your internal drive, after which the Mac will restart and do the installation.

    Just be aware that _during_ a Lion installation, your Mac will "automatically reboot" one or more times.
     

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