Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 4:16 AM (in response to chrischandler)
Thanks babowa - makes sense.
Couldn't I just purchase the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive
Or do I need to get Leopard first and then upgrade?
Chris, if you can log into the App Store with your own account and purchase the thumb drive OR buy it from an Apple Store or reseller, then do so. It will enable you to do a from-scratch reinstall of the system that is mated to YOUR Apple ID and you'll be able to get the iLife '11 that you rightly deserve. Money well spent, in my opinion.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 8:57 AM (in response to chrischandler)
Came with lion installed.
We know it has Lion installed now; the question is:
Did this machine come with Lion preinstalled initially??? In other words, did the original owner purchase it with Lion pre-installed or did s/he purchase Lion from the app store?
That is extremely important because of the different license restrictions; if you don't know the answer to that, then please post the exact model number and identifier so we can look it up.
If the machine came with Lion preinstalled initially, then the seller was/is allowed to make a one-time transfer of the OS when selling the machine. However, there is no info from Apple as to how this is to be accomplished; so, if this is what we are looking at, it would be best to call Apple and find out how to get the OS transferred to your Apple ID. For everyone else's benefit, please post Apple's answer to that here.
If the machine came with Snow Leopard installed initially, then my previous posts apply. You can buy the USB drive; however, according to the licensing terms, you still need to have Snow Leopard installed first to be legal. Hence my suggestion to buy the retail SL disk and then purchase Lion from the app store.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 10:18 PM (in response to babowa)
Ok. Many Thanks. I wil buy SnowLeopard and ugade from there.
The person I bought it from siad it came with Lion,but couldn'tfind the install/recovery disksor everyone's .
Thanks for everyones input/help. Chris
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to chrischandler)
Without knowing which model you have, no one can be sure whether your machine can be booted with Snow Leopard or not and you haven't answered our questions, so we're guessing - good luck!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 2:08 PM (in response to babowa)
It's a Macbook Pro 8,1
2.4ghz, 15, 4gb ram, 500gb HD
Didn't occur to me that it mighn't be able to boot snow leopard.
Just assumed it would.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to chrischandler)
According to these:
Your machine came with Lion preinstalled which means you will need to check with Apple as to how to transfer the OS into your name and Apple ID for future updates along with the iLife, etc. A late 2011 will most likely not be able to boot with SL.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to chrischandler)
You have a Late 2011 model and gyes if you had a 10.6.7 DVD version of Snow Leopard it would boot and install on that model Mac. Even though it didn't come with SL pre-installed.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to Shootist007)
As far as I know, the retail disk version is 10.6.3. Even if 10.6.7 or .8 would boot it, it may not be worth the trouble to get that far in this case - the OP just wants to be able to update Lion and get iLife - or so I thought?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 8:21 PM (in response to babowa)
I appreciate everyones help.
Let me get this straight.
If my OSX Lion is current/up to date/registered under my account, I can get iLife
To do that I need to get Snow Leopard version 10.6.7? But the retail version is 10.6.3 - so that won't work.
I can't just buy Lion and install it - I think
Think I'm losing interest in iLife.
Maybe I should just buiy some similiar software.
Has been suggested I just get a pirate of iLife and just get on with it.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 8:25 PM (in response to chrischandler)
Look 3 posts up. babowa gave you exactly what you need to do to get your machine put under your name and Apple ID. After you do that, you can install iLife to your heart's content and reinstall Lion as much as you want.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 1:06 AM (in response to chrischandler)
If your Mac came with Lion Pre-Installed you don't need Snow Leopard. Not sure where or how that got into this thread (I'm partly to blame).