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How can I purchase Lion now that Mountain Lion is out?

2516 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2012 6:51 PM by Brian Teeter RSS
Brian Teeter Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Jul 25, 2012 2:06 PM

Leave it to Adobe to put Mac users in a bind. My wife desperately needs to obtain a copy of OS-X 10.7 (Lion) as Photoshop CS5 and CS6 are not yet proven to be compatible with OS-X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). The problem is that effective today, Lion is no longer available for purchase and download on Apple's servers, only Mountain Lion. If any of you have a suggestion, we're all ears. Thanks in advance for your help!


Thanks Adobe! Way to go!!

  • BobertForever Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    Through offical apple means, there would be no way to download or obtain osX Lion, but you could always try finding a place that has a few physical copies left lying around. Your best bet would be contacting apple directly about it

  • richardb22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I asked the same thing about the same time as you here



    Best check each others threads see if we get a reply


    Good luck




  • curtiswMac90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    See and add your concerns on 10.7 to the following:


    Maybe we'll get someone's attention.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Sorry but why do you need a copy of Lion. There are no Mac available right now that come with Mountain Lion Pre-Installed. So your Wifes Mac must already have, or had, Lion installed or Snow Leopard. So if that is the case just Don't upgrade to ML.


    If it had SL or Lion installed why in the world did it get upgrade to ML without first checking on the compatibility of the software she need to run?


    Lion is not longer available for purchase and download and I doubt that will change.


    If your wifes Mac had Lion installed and somehow got upgraded to ML you could restore from her Time Machine backup that was made just before it got upgraded to ML.


    Or if it had Lion on it and you made either the Lion install USB thumb drive or you created a USB thumb of the Recovery HD partition with Lion Disk Assistant then you could Wipe the drive and reinstall Lion from one of those. AFAIK Lion is still available for those that are not going to upgrade to ML or need to reinstall Lion to fix problems on Mac that were upgrade to Lion or sell or give away their Mac computer that came with Lion Pre-Installed.


    I really don't see why you think it is Adobe's fault. Wasn't your Wifes Mac running these programs with whatever version of OS X was on her Mac?


    Why Now do you need Lion, the day ML comes out. You did have a year + to get it.


    If for some reason your Wifes Mac got upgraded to ML it is whoever did that upgrade that you should be upset with. Not Adobe. Did Adobe send you an email sayiing you Had to Upgrade to ML, or even that Today you Need Lion to continue running their software? Sorry I am confused at your displeasure with Adobe.


    In any event Good Luck.

  • richardb22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A stack load of Macs were/are upgradable to lion but it turns out not upgradable to mountain lion.


    Lets take a macbookair 1.1. ( nice bit of kit ) the owner was hanging on with smow leopard not upgrading to lion waiting for mountain lion. OOPS cant go to mountain lion. OK just go to liom. But thats noe not available.


    If macs wernt so nice..................

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (21,990 points)

    I believe you already saw my link? Just in case and for anyone else:



    Apple confirmed the removal of the software this afternoon, and said that customers can still purchase a copy from its online store's telesales agents.[1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) or Customer Service and Sales Support at 1-800-676-2775.]


    Well, you beat me by one minute...... LOL

  • qazaq4all Calculating status...

    How are they selling it? Is it the USB stick for $69.99 or a download for $29.99? If it's the more expensive option, how are they going to penalize people who didn't adopt in time? Also how would people had know when the cut off date was since they never have a formal release day and immediately after they announce the day they cut lion. What if people thought it was coming out next Tuesday, which is still July and would fit for what they hinted at for a release. Those people would have thought they had time to get Lion, but nope, no warning at all. Pretty crappy if you ask me. They make a computer that lasts 6 years since it's good quality, yet then drop them on a whim?

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,795 points)

    Hey, here's a really crazy idea. Before going on a rant how about calling one of the numbers and ask them?

  • qazaq4all Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Interestingly enough I called apple care earlier today, and they didn't know that you could order it from their telesales department. They person there actually suggested that I look on or MacMall to order it and that it was no longer being offered directly from Apple. So I would have called the telesales store if I knew that was an option except that an apple employee told me it wasn't.

  • qazaq4all Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    You can call 1 800-MY-APPLE and order it. They will then email you a redemption code that you can redeem in the App store. The price is the regular 29.99 which is a bit cheaper than the USB installer.


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