Upgrading Lion on a MacBook (late 2006) running Tiger

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

  1. Unweit macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2012
    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?

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    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

    Mar 1, 2012
    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 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    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

    Mar 1, 2012
    Alright but wouldn't I need Leopard in the first place to upgrade legally to Snow Leopard?
  6. njaremka macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    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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