Internet Recovery with Mountain Lion

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by g00ner, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. g00ner macrumors newbie

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    Hiya guys,

    I realise I am probably jumping the gun a bit here as Mountain Lion hasn’t yet been released, but I was wondering how the Internet Recovery will work when a newer OS is available than the one that comes with your Mac?

    At the moment, if I want a clean install of Lion on my 2011 Mini Server, I just boot into Internet Recovery and away we go, what I’m wondering is when Mountain Lion is out, if I buy it through the Mac Store and then reboot into Internet Recovery, will it detect I have brought it and will I be able to do a clean Install of Mountain Lion, or will I have to install Lion then either upgrade to Mountain Lion or create a bootable USB for a clean install (I hate upgrading).
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It will most likely work the same way Lion's Internet Recovery works now.
     
  3. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    I believe the install process updates the files in the recovery partition.
     
  4. g00ner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I appreciate that, but it was the Internet Recovery portion I was thinking of rather than the local Recovery HD files, as a purchase in the Mac store is user ID based, but when you enter Internet Recovery mode it never asks for user ID it just connects to Apple runs a check and begins downloading the OS, so it makes wonder if it's model/serial number based.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    Internet Recovery asks for your Apple ID if the computer didn't come with 10.7.

    If you have a machine that did come with 10.7 then my guess is that IR will ask for your Apple ID, then give you 10.8 if you bought it or 10.7 if you didn't. Alternatively, Apple may not update IR on older machines so it may always give 10.7.
     
  6. g00ner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahh! thanks for that Nermal, as my Mini came with 10.7, I hadn’t realised IR asked for your Apple ID. ;)
     

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