Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 3:16 PM (in response to Ryan Gao)
Open the Mac app store, and on the purchased tab, hold option and click the icon. Should refresh and show the install icon as clickable now.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 5:45 PM (in response to Big Brother23)
Hi, I just tried this. When clicking on the Evernote link with Option key hold down, the button shows "Free" at the first time but before I'm able to click on it, it turns back to "Installed" and I could do nothing about it from there.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 6:14 PM (in response to Ryan Gao)
Before you click the "purchases" button in the MAC toolbar hold down the Option key. Then you will be able to download your apps again.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 7:03 PM (in response to Michael Allbritton)
Thanks for the tip! It worked for me once (so I have Evernote now, at least) but not anymore.
I tried the following:
Launch "Mac App Store" from the Dock (with / without Option key down)
Click "Purchase" icon in the Mac toolbar with Option key down
* At this point a partial list of software I have previously purchased is displayed, with "Install" button enabled on the right side of list, but not click-able - the interface is freezing at this stage
* After the interface is recovered, most of the "Install" button turned into light gray "Installed" button which is not click-able
I then clicked on the Evennote link (with or without Option key down I can't exactly recall) and the "Free" button shows up so I am able to re-install that. But Later I tried all other packages but they all showed up with "Installed" on their dedicated pages so I still can't install them.
What might be wrong?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 7:15 PM (in response to Ryan Gao)
It is only necessary to hold down the Option key when you click the Purchases button. No other time is necessary. The first thing to do is to log out of the MAS account, then back in again. However, since you are doing this on an external HDD, the MAS is probably recognizing the previously installed Apps on the Mac's HDD and that may be what is interfering with the download.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 7:51 PM (in response to Michael Allbritton)
Thanks for the quick response! I've tried it several times, logging out and back in, holding down Option keys when clicking on "Purchases" icon, clicking on items, etc. Things getting weird.
I have installed Evernote this way, which shows "Installed" in the "Purchases" list. Now when I click on the Evernote from the list (after I have installed it from the MAS in Lion) it still shows "Free" and allow me to install again on its own page (even it shows "Installed" in the "Purchases" list).
Other apps (i.e. I have MplayerX and Caffeine I will definetely need) are still shown "Installed" both in the list and on its own pages, which prevents me from installing them again.
I clarify, I have partitioned my MBP's internal disk (500G) into two partitions, "Mac HD" which is the Snow Leopard and "Lion" with the new system. In Lion system I could see the SL partition completely and I didn't see any ways to "umount" the partition. However if the above MAS problem was because that it sees the old apps in SL partition, it doesn't really explain why some of the apps are listed installable but some are now.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 7:56 PM (in response to Ryan Gao)
Hm. I don't know what to say... The only thing I can think that might be the problem is, as I mentioned, the MAS is detecting that the apps are already installed on the other partition and won't let you install to another.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2011 9:08 PM (in response to Ryan Gao)
I just realized that I can eject the "Mac HD" from Finder, and then all apps are available for installation! Thanks Michael!!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 2:56 PM (in response to Big Brother23)
Say for example I accidently clicked the X on a purchased paid app from Purchases can I still redownload it?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 3:03 PM (in response to rohitfromdouglas)
At the top of the Mac App Store there is an "Purchases" button. By clicking on that you will get a list of all apps you have previously purchased / downloaded for free, which you can download them again at no cost.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to rohitfromdouglas)
If the app is no longer visible in Purchases, then go to
Store menu>View my Account.
Hopefully the item will be now be listed under "View Hidden Purchases," and you can then "unhide" it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to jsd2)
Thank you. It worked! Uh does anyone know how to fix iTunes error 51 regarding the host files? I know, unrelated question but does anyone know how to fix it? My iTunes won't restore any iDevices.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to rohitfromdouglas)
You need to open the hosts file (/etc/hosts) on your Macintosh HD and delete the row with the gs.apple.com domain... then you should not have any problems with hosts!