Internet Recovery on MBA 2011 Question

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  1. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Does anyone know?

    Does a reinstall of OS X from the internet recovery function download the latest version of OS X which is available? Or does it download the version that shipped with your computer?

    Or, specifically: If I format and reinstall this weekend, will Internet Recovery do a clean install of 10.7.3?
     
  2. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Bump. Same exact concern.
     
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Tried this tonight around 11pm EST. Didn't work. Got 10.7.2 from internet recovery even though App Store version was already at 10.7.3.

    I was somewhat disappointed, but I had the 10.7.3 combo update downloaded on another network machine and ready to go so I just ran that as soon as I was in my OS on my air then did everything else.

    10.7.3 is a big update. 2.48gb to install.

    Everything seems snappy though!
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    It's supposed to be the latest version. That said, it might take a day or two for all the updates to be put in all the necessary locations.
     
  5. oneMadRssn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I am guessing there is no way to know what you're getting until it's done?
     
  6. TomasEU macrumors newbie

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    I tried 10.7.2 yet
     
  7. NGC6618 macrumors newbie

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    I also tried internet recovery this morning but i got a 10.7.2 even though the version in app store is 10.7.3(according to the description)

    Maybe there is a note / hint in the terms & conditions. Just the step before it starts downloading..
     
  8. oneMadRssn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Another related question:

    With the version being the same 10.7.3, is there any advantage to reinstalling using internet recovery versus using a retail version on a USB stick?
     
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    No advantage. It's just $69 for a pretty stick.
     
  10. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Did they refresh the retail sticks? If its still 10.7.0 on those disks, you can't install that version on a 2011 Air or Mini because those came with a special version of Lion.
     
  11. oneMadRssn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I mean't "restoring" a retail DMG image of 10.7.3 onto my own flash drive. No, I am not planning to pay for an actual retail stick from the apple store. I was just wondering if perhaps the retail image has more drivers that I need? Perhaps the final footprint of the OS install would be larger somehow?

    I do own a license to 10.7.3, so I see nothing illegal about obtaining a DMG of 10.7.3 from "questionable" sources and using it to reinstall.
     
  12. hemlighet, Feb 8, 2012
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    hemlighet macrumors newbie

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    Got 10.7.2 (11C74 build) today when I reinstalled after an issue with 10.7.3

    Could be that the server version depends on your location and choice of language
    You can check which Lion build you will receive by doing a log check just after you start the download ( show all info), then cancel if you do not want to continue
     
  13. antonis macrumors 68000

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    In any case, the procedure is always standard:
    1. Restore (from wherever)
    2. Run s/w update

    So regardless the version downloaded, you need to run s/w update anyway.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    1) It would take Apple a while before refreshing the install image they have on their servers.
    2) There has been bugs in 10.7.3, I imagine Apple will want to iron out and make sure there are no issue before releasing it as an install image (since there would be no way to downgrade).
     
  15. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I did a February 9 restore via Internet Recovery and got 10.7.2 and then an 820MB update to 10.7.3.
     

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