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purple

 
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Lion is to be installed as an upgrade to a computer running the latest version of Snow Leopard. If you want to format the disc and start all over again, then you must have the Snow Leopard DVD. There is one Snow Leopard DVD which is called an upgrade, but do not fear, it has the whole install. (Although you might still have to get online and do more updates for Snow Leopard) If in doubt, call the Apple Store and explain what you want to do and what you already have. You might score a slightly better deal if the other guy bought Apple Care for a year. Never know what being polite with Apple might do, they might just give you a Snow Leopard DVD.

Other posters are correct in saying Lion is being distributed over the internet, and not sold as disc, although it is like getting the Snow Leopard DVD, both are $29.00 each plus tax.

Please realize that to get a fresh install, you must format the hard drive (the program is on the Snow Leopard install disc). One can re-install the Mac OS without touching the user data on the hard drive.
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