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    How well does Lion work on a Core 2 duo?
    Can anybody tell me how well Lion runs on a 13" Macbook Pro 2.26 GHz core 2 duo with 4 GB?

    It's running Snow Leopard at the moment but I like the OS on my new iMac 27" and would like it on the laptop. Quite new to all things Mac (I was running Mostly Windows 7 on the MBP until recently!) so I need a bit of advice before I buy Lion.

    Thanks!

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    Did the iMac ship with Lion? And you registered it under your Apple ID?

    Go into the App Store on your MBP. Check the Purchases tab there and see if Lion is available for you to download without paying for it again. I know that the latest version of GB, iPhoto... will be available for you to download to your MBP just based on registering your new machine.

    If so, make sure you have a backup of SL first, then go ahead, download and install Lion.
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    Lion runs great on my 2008 MBP, Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz with 4 GB RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Did the iMac ship with Lion? And you registered it under your Apple ID?

    Go into the App Store on your MBP. Check the Purchases tab there and see if Lion is available for you to download without paying for it again. I know that the latest version of GB, iPhoto... will be available for you to download to your MBP just based on registering your new machine.

    If so, make sure you have a backup of SL first, then go ahead, download and install Lion.
    I thought about that but had my doubts that Apple would just give someone Lion on their other Macs just because they bought a new Mac. That's awesome if it works. Saves you $29. As if Lion wasn't a great deal already.
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    Yes, the iMac shipped with Lion (and it's registered) - I've only had it two weeks. I've checked the App Store in the MBP but when I click on the 'Purchased' link nothing shows... so I guess I'll have to buy it!

    MYmacROX - thanks for the encouragement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerenceW View Post
    Yes, the iMac shipped with Lion (and it's registered) - I've only had it two weeks. I've checked the App Store in the MBP but when I click on the 'Purchased' link nothing shows... so I guess I'll have to buy it!

    MYmacROX - thanks for the encouragement!
    Sure, no problem.

    Try this on your MBP... Go into the Mac App Store. Search for Lion. Hold the Option key down and then click on the Lion icon. When it opens the page for Lion, it should say "Install" under the icon at the top. That is if Apple is allowing you to install it as discussed earlier.
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    Was wondering. I did get access to the latest iLife apps on my other machines for free after registering a new Mac. I had already installed Lion on them prior to getting it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYmacROX View Post
    Sure, no problem.

    Try this on your MBP... Go into the Mac App Store. Search for Lion. Hold the Option key down and then click on the Lion icon. When it opens the page for Lion, it should say "Install" under the icon at the top. That is if Apple is allowing you to install it as discussed earlier.
    Hmm... it says: 20.99

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    Thanks - looks like it'll be ok on mine then - I shall buy it very soon!

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    Excellent! I look forward to getting it on my 2009 MBP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerenceW View Post
    Can anybody tell me how well Lion runs on a 13" Macbook Pro 2.26 GHz core 2 duo with 4 GB?

    It's running Snow Leopard at the moment but I like the OS on my new iMac 27" and would like it on the laptop. Quite new to all things Mac (I was running Mostly Windows 7 on the MBP until recently!) so I need a bit of advice before I buy Lion.

    Thanks!
    I'm running Lion on a very similar machine with no issues.


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