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10.7: How to download the OS X Lion Installer on Lion
Authored by: nova20 on Aug 23, '11 03:54:23AM

I had the same problem when I installed Lion on the first day of its release and found out the hard way that the installer is deleted after the installation is completed (Apple, that was not very user friendly).

Anyway, to get the Lion installer again, I simply booted on the Snow Leopard clone I made on another volume before installing Lion on my main partition (I hope everybody does this before updating to a new OS version). There I opened the App Store and went to the list of purchased apps. The Lion label was now "Install". I simply clicked on it, entered my password and an hour later I had the new Lion installer.

Then, I opened the installer's content to get the InstallESD.dmg and made a permanent installer on a USB stick, which I can use now to reinstall Lion whenever I need it.

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