As long as your system meets these requirements, you can install Lion. Note, many have found that you need more than 2GB to get better performance from Lion:
- Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
- 2GB of memory
- OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)
- 7GB of available space
As Eric mentioned, you can buy Lion from the App store, or you can buy Lion on a USB dongle from an Apple store. It's less expensive to buy and download it from the App store.
Assuming your machine meets the minimum system requirements which are:
OS X Lion system requirements
- An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
- Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
- 7 GB of available disk space
- 2 GB of RAM (4GB is recommended)
As Eric advised you would buy Lion ($29.99) from the Mac App Store.
NOTES: As with any upgrade first make sure you have a good backup prior to upgrading!!! Use Time Machine or create a bootable clone on an external HD. Also if you have any PPC (Power PC apps) they will not work with Lion. What you need is Intel or Universal Apps. You can tell what you have by opening System Profiler (Applications - Utilities - System Profiler) click the Applications on the left and then look in the Kind column. If you see any apps that are PPC apps they will need to be upgraded or replaced prior to upgrading to Lion.
thank all of you. i was afraid that's what the answer was. i really dont want to go to lion which came out a couple of weeks after i bought this system. they should have given it to me at no charge. since i was a brand new mac user i didnt understand any info they advertised. and they never sent anything directly to me about it, oh well. but thanks anyway.
David M Brewer wrote:
I believe you have only 30 days after buying a Mac to qualifying for the free Lion upgrade.
You are right, it has been a long time since I've read the agreement, it clearly states
Remember your completed order must be entered within 30 days of the date of your purchase of a qualifying computer (described in this offer).
Thanks for pointing that out!