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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again System 10.7
I've seen suggestions that a key combination and clicking Purchased will allow downloading of Lion again. First the word I have in my copy of app store says 'Purchases.' Anyway, this didn't work for me using a NON-LION 10.7 system but I have figured out method that may or may not be well known.

I only started on this quest when I had problems burning a boot DVD of InstallESD. I figured the file was corrupt.

Method 1: Use a Mac with app store that has not downloaded Lion. Using the App Store account that originally purchased Lion, start your download. Apple allows the use of Lion on all your Mac for $30.

Method 2: Move Install Mac OS X Lion.app that you've perviously downloaded to the trash. The system will ask for the admin password. Now simply launch App Store and go to Purchases. Note the change from Installed to Install.

[crarko adds: Not a lot of new ground covered here, but there were a few submissions of variation of this hint so I took the most complete of the lot. What worked for me was to make sure I had a backup copy of the downloaded Lion installer on another drive. Then when the installer self-destructs you can simply put another copy from the backup on the next machine, rather than downloading again.]
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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: Chris.A on Aug 03, '11 07:36:24AM

The installer only self-destructs if it is left in the applications folder. If you put it on the desktop before running, it will still be there after the install.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: fracai on Aug 03, '11 07:55:58AM

What's the point of Method 2? If you have to move "Install Mac OS X Lion" to the trash, don't you already have the installer? Why would you need to download it a second time?

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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: sd on Aug 03, '11 08:52:01AM

because the original installer was corrupt



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 03, '11 08:58:57AM

And if it wasn't corrupt, it's a proof of concept.

Personally, I like to refer to backups. You *do* keep a backup, don't you?



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: milkmage on Aug 03, '11 09:30:44AM

I only started on this quest when I had problems burning a boot DVD of InstallESD. I figured the file was corrupt.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: Frederico on Aug 03, '11 09:49:41AM

What is a 'NON-LION 10.7 system'??? How can you have a 'Lion' system that is not 10.7?

If you mean you are running Snow Leopard, why don't you just say that? Very confusing.

Also, why do you only allude to the functional key-combo (Option-Click) on the 'Purchases' tab of the App Store? Wouldn't it be helpful to state what it actually is in order to clarify what this hint is trying to do?

Craig, this hint needs to be removed and rewritten for clarity; it only confuses the issues and adds little useful information.

Title: Re-Downloading OS X 10.7 Lion Installer from The App Store.

If you failed to save your 'Install OS X Lion.app' installer application prior to installation, you will find that it has self-deleted upon completing its own installation.

You may also have saved a copy, but for some reason, believe it to be corrupt (or out of date) and you wish to retrieve another copy.

Method 1: While running the App Store application under OS X 10.7 Lion, hold the 'Option' key while Clicking on the 'Purchases' tab in the titlebar. (Option-Click 'Purchases'). The 'OS X Lion' listing, which would normally show as 'Installed' will now again show 'Download'; click to re-download, but Cancel the Installation when given the opportunity, and then move or copy the installer from the Applications folder to a safe location.

Note: Be sure to label the new parent folder with the version number you downloaded; as of this writing that should be 10.7.0; this will be useful when future versions of the OS are updated to 10.7.1 and beyond.

Method 2: If you are still running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, simply move the Installer app from the Applications folder to the Trash (you need not empty the Trash if you have another use for the file); you will need to enter your Admin password to complete this move; then return to the App Store application and click on the purchases tab to re-download Lion. Save as above, as desired.

Method 3: If for some bizarre reason neither Methods 1 or 2 work for you, you can always d/l Lion Installer from any Mac using a boot partition that is still using 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, but this should not be necessary.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 03, '11 12:36:11PM
You can not use any Mac. You can only download Lion on an Intel Mac that meets the minimum qualification to install Lion. The MAS will not allow me to download Lion on my iMac Core Duo even though it has the latest version of Mac OS X 10.6.8 v1.1 and the latest version of the MAS, because Lion cannot be installed on it.
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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: Frederico on Aug 03, '11 03:16:52PM

Yup, you're spot on; in my frustration with this and other sloppiness I've encountered since getting up way too early today, I forgot about that rather important detail. Thanks for the correction.

Cheers

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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: leamanc on Aug 03, '11 12:59:56PM

Other than the small correction Mr. Allen made above, I am with you 100%. Let's scrap this hint and replace it with the one you wrote.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: DCJ001 on Aug 03, '11 01:25:23PM

Changing the title of the hint to:

10.7: Downloading Lion from App Store again

would be a good idea too.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: mmnw on Aug 03, '11 11:48:51PM

Didn't work for me. When I hold the alt key while clicking on Purchased I see the list of purchases with the "Install" buttons, but all the while I also get the dreaded spinning beach ball. When the spinning ball disappears all buttons change to "Installed".
I used a slightly different method which worked for me. I described it in a later comment farther down how.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: SleePy on Aug 03, '11 11:47:10AM

A bit of preemptive thought goes a long way. I simply copied the Lion installer from my Applications to my Desktop prior to installation. It still sits there now. I was attempting to make a disk. However that didn't work for me. I just made a iso and stuck the .app inside of it and burned the iso file to a disk. Doesn't allow live booting, but I got a copy preventing me from needing to download another 4gb file.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: mmnw on Aug 03, '11 11:32:28PM

I was expecting a real hint here. For example how to get the installer again after you downloaded.

There actually is an official Apple method to download the lion installer again, without deleting anything, without getting a new mac, and it even works on 10.7.

Here's how to do it:
Step 1 Open the Mac App Store.
Step 2 Navigate to your "Purchased" Page
Step 3 Hold down the "option"-key (alt) on your keyboard and click on your "OS X Lion" purchase (not on the "installed" button).
Step 4 You see the Lion product page. It should say "Installed", but that button is clickable. Hold down the "option"-key again and click on installed. If you don't hold the option key it will tell you there's already a newer version installed.
Step 5 Enter your login credentials.
Step 6 Download.

I guess I'll try and submit this procedure as a real hint.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: gjm25 on Aug 06, '11 02:18:52PM

Now that is a very useful hint! Of all the tips on burning Lion to a USB this is the first one that is actually useful to me. Many thanks!



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: dashard on Aug 04, '11 05:11:48AM

One other ditty to get you straight to the Lion download link instead of going through the "Purchased" tab…

On the 'featured' page, where Lion is still featured prominently, option-clicking the promo artwork/download link there will take you straight to the Lion detail page where the link will change from "Installed" to "Download."

Easy peasy.



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10.7: Re-downloading Lion from App Store again
Authored by: TonyT on Aug 04, '11 06:24:43AM

The tab in the Menu Bar says "Purchased", once in that tab there is a column that says "Purchases"

And the key combination is: Hold the 'option' key and click the 'Purchased' Tab



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