Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2012 3:59 PM (in response to beallsurf1)
The Download button is there to allow you to download the installer again to use on another Mac you own.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 12:43 PM (in response to beallsurf1)
OK, if that is the reason, I have to accept it but it is somewho weird.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 12:55 PM (in response to norbertmuc)
What you have is an already installed version of the cat, and the Recovery Partition only has a minimal installer. It is offering you a free download of the full installer. When the next version comes out, 10.7.4, the download button will change to $29.95 and freebies byebye. Should take advantage to download and keep the full installer while you can. Read Kappy's wise words: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3786371
Ask me how I know.....
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 1:11 PM (in response to norbertmuc)
Not weird at all. There are enough multi-Mac households that Apple's license to you for Lion allows you to install it on all the Macs you own that can run 10.7. While you can (as Courcoul indicated with his response and link) save the installer on a DVD or Flash drive or external drive to reuse on another Mac, you can also redownload 10.7 from the App store by using the download button onto the original Mac or another one.
If you do download the installer again, there no need to run it again on your 10.7 Mac but you'll have the installer to save elsewhere for backup or reuse.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 10:30 PM (in response to Larry Nolan)
I take it, as you say it. In fact I have 2 Macs with Lion 10.7.3. an iMac and MBAir. To me the procedure still does't make sense, because the other apps (e.g. Aperture3) also run on multiple Macs of mine and were only purchased once and in the purchased tab it says "installed".
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 10:51 PM (in response to norbertmuc)
What the App Store is offering you is the MacOS X 10.7.3 Lion INSTALLER for free, which you do not have. What you have is 2 Macs with the already installed instances of the operating system. The installer would be of use if you ever need to reinstall from scratch one or more of the Macs.
The apps show up as installed since the item in the store is identical to what you have on your Mac already.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 10:55 PM (in response to Courcoul)
OK, now I understand; I don't think I need the installer for keeps, but thanks for explaining.