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10.7: How to get a full Lion install disc for a new MacBook Air or Pro
Authored by: jalex on Sep 15, '11 05:50:01AM

One thing I'm not clear on with this - is the "InstallESD.dmg" that you get via this mechanism a different installer than the one you get from the App Store? (Is the App Store one only an upgrader?)



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10.7: How to get a full Lion install disc for a new MacBook Air or Pro
Authored by: Love2CurlDids on Jan 12, '12 11:47:04AM

The app store version is a full version - just not compatible with the new MBA's that are internet connection only. Same with Apple store version key. For example, I bought an 11" MBA in August 2011 just before the 'new' MBA's came out. The App store version works fine with that. In October I bought a 13" MBA and it came pre-installed with Lion, no media, no internet recovery assistant (which meant waiting for ages via Apple Servers just to get the *menu* with options like restore from Time Machine Backup, etc. before one could begin to reinstall Lion itself). Now there is a Recovery Assistant key you can make (instructions are at Apple) which saves that 1/2 hour or so of waiting for the menu options but it is not an actual install key. It just speeds up getting to the menu/internet recovery. After that it can take hours over the internet. So the above is the only way I've found for a real install that is *compatible* with the new hardware/firmware of the post August/early Sep 2011 Macs.

L2C



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