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    Oct 06, 2011
    Lion question regarding licence
    I recently had the mother board on my macbook replaced - it was out of warranty so I had to get a third party company to repair it as my insurance paid out. Prior to sending away I only had Snow Leopard installed, however it came back with Lion on it.

    Now, I'm not complaining about the free upgrade, all I want to know is if there's anyway to update my iMac to Lion via the version I have on the MBP. Is there some licence key or anything that will enable me to download Lion to the iMac?

    I welcome any thoughts on this.

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    If the third party repair company was an authorized Apple repair service, then the copy of Lion you have was likely included as part of the repair fee. However, unless it was registered to you (using your Apple ID) you will probably have to pay for Lion if you wish to install it on your other machine. In other words, you'll have to use your Apple ID and credit card at the Mac app store to purchase Lion.

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    Luckily, it's all of $30, so not a huge expense.

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    Member Since
    Oct 06, 2011
    Thanks for the replies.
    I guess that's what I thought. $30 dollars isn't too bad but I'll need to buy Snow Leopard first as iMac runs Leopard.

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    Jul 15, 2009
    In front of MY MAC OR LINUX BOX
    Mac Pro Workstation Airport Extreme ATV 2 Ipad
    If you are now running Leopard just buy Lion if you wish to upgrade to Lion

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    It is much of a muchness. Lion on a USB thumb drive is $69.00 and do a clean install. $29 to upgrade Leopard to Snow Leopard and another $29 to download Lion from the App Store. Simply to buy the thumb drive and you have a hard copy.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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