OS X 7 on late 2012 MacMini

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by AviMac, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. AviMac macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    Hi all, I'm looking for a way to put Lion on a new MacMini that came with Mountain Lion.

    I've tried creating a USB stick with the Lion InstallESD.dmg and restoring from that but it hasn't worked and is just giving me a stop sign when I boot the Mac.

    Is there any other way to do this? Is it even possible to install an older OS on new hardware?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You cannot install Lion, or Snow Leopard on the 2012 Macs. They simply do not have the drivers to support the new chipset. Many people asked and tried (without success). You can only run Mountain Lion on your Mac
  3. AviMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    Thanks for the quick response.

    I suppose my next question now is does anyone have any experience with Apple Configuration Utility?
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Can I ask why? What are you trying to achieve?

    There should be no apps that run on Lion which won't run on Mountain Lion.
    Mountain Lion is universally acknowledged to be an improvement to Lion, fixing many bugs and completing features introduced in 10.7.

    As for your second question, are you talking about the iPhone Configuration Utility? Again, what are trying to achieve?

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