Upgrading Lion on a MacBook (late 2006) running Tiger

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Unweit, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Unweit macrumors newbie

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    I would like to put Lion on a MacBook (late 2006) currently running Tiger. Since it got a C2D CPU and 2GB RAM it should be okay.

    But I need some advice about the licence thing.

    Can I just buy Lion in the App Store on any Mac running Snow Leopard and put it on the MacBook in Target Mode? Or do I have to buy Leopard AND Snow Leopard for the MacBook too?

    Cheers.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You only need to buy Lion once for your home computers. limit is 5 I think. I upgraded 3 machines to Lion. I didn't bother with TDM; I copied the downloaded "Install mac osx lion" from the application folder to the same folder on the other machines before I did the install since the install deletes the "install mac osx lion" app.
     
  3. Unweit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for answering! But I know how to do it technically.

    I need to know if I can upgrade to Lion from Tiger directly or if this violates Apples licence terms.
     
  4. Paradoxally macrumors 65816

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    No, you need to be on 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to upgrade to Lion.

    Honestly, though, 2 GB isn't really going to cut it. I have a C2D 13" MBP mid-2009 and even with 4 GB of RAM it sometimes lags a bit.

    If you're using it for basic stuff, it's okay. But if you need a heavier app, stay with Tiger or Snow Leopard. They are very stable OS'es.
     
  5. Unweit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright but wouldn't I need Leopard in the first place to upgrade legally to Snow Leopard?
     
  6. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    you can load lion on that machine legally, but it will not be an "upgrade" installation, it will need to be a "new" installation. snow leopard is required to perform a system upgrade to lion. any OSX less than snow leopard will only allow you to perform a "new" installation.
     

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