Snow Leopard/Lion free?

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  1. rumorsdan macrumors regular

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    Is there anywhere I can get Snow leopard or Lion for free? Not the update but the full os install.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Not legally. And if you want to get Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, you need Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, unless you can hunt down one of the USB thumb drives with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on them, that Apple sold for a while.

    Or you go to the Apple Online Store and pay 19 USD for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on a DVD.
     
  3. rumorsdan thread starter macrumors regular

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    seems stupid they give away mavericks but not previous os versions.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Probably due to how they manage the accounting of their operating systems - to be sure it does seem a little odd.
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Actually, it seems generous that they started offering the OS for free. That happened fairly recently in the history of OS X. As the previous post mentioned, it's probably an accounting thing. Plus, if you were running a multi-billion-dollar company, would you take the time and spend the money to change your system in order to give away something you've been charging for to benefit maybe 1% of your customer base? I don't think I would. Most users move on to the latest OS, although I'm not one of that majority.
     
  6. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite are all freely available on the Mac Dev Center: https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/mac/index.action

    Lion used to be too, but unfortunately apple decided to remove it from the Mac Dev Center, so now even developers have to buy it.

    If you don't have access to the Mac Dev Center, you can buy Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion here:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6377Z/A/os-x-mountain-lion
     
  7. Last iOS 5 user macrumors member

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    If you buy it from the Apple store, you will have to pay shipping to get Snow Leopard on a disc. Lion and higher come as digital downloads to your Mac.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

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    Yes, if you have a Mac that supports Internet Recovery (via the EFI, not the recovery partition).
    I can download Lion via the EFI on my Early-2011 MBP. This requires a firmware update. The MBP came with grey Mac OS X 10.6.7 CDs (brand new).

    The reason is very simple: Only Lion and newer support the Internet Recovery feature. That means all 2010 and 2011 Macs which support the Internet Recovery after an EFI update can download Lion.

    See also:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1313113
    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110831105634716
     
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    It's still not "Free". You must use the Apple ID that was used to purchase the original Lion update, or at least an Apple ID that shows Lion in its purchase history.

    The only computers that will download OS X via Internet Recovery without it having been previously purchased on that Apple ID, are the computers that shipped with Lion or later.
     
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

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    No, that is wrong. You need the Apple ID only if you download OS X from the Mac App Store. The Internet Recovery via the EFI does not need the Apple ID. I tested this on my Mac with OS X 10.6.8. You are obviously misinformed/unexperienced.
     
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    Or Apple's changed something. Back when Lion first came out it didn't work.
     
  12. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    It still doesn't, despite anecdotal evidence. Computers listed in this article will gain the ability to download OS X via Internet Recovery. However it won't necessarily be Lion - it will be the version of OS X under which the EFI update was applied. So if someone had Snow Leopard and then updated to Mountain Lion (skipping Lion), then IR on that machine will install Mountain Lion and will require an Apple ID that has Mountain Lion in its purchase history.

    Retrofire is probably confusing Recovery and Internet Recovery. IR will not in any circumstance install OS X 10.6.x.
     

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