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    Feb 05, 2013
    Unhappy Bought older iMac have issue with Lion
    Hey guys, I just got an older Imac (2009) and am having an issue. It doesn't have an OS and when I try to install it it asks for the Apple ID for the person I bought it from. Is there a way for me to get Lion put on my Apple ID so I can just install the damn thing? Thanks in advance guys!

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    Member Since
    Jul 07, 2008
    Winchester, VA
    2011 MBP, 2008 iMac, iPhone 6, iPad mini, 13" MBP, AppleTV and MacMini
    Did the seller give you the original disks that came with it? If not, get them, you will need them.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    As MacInWin advises you need OS X.6.8 to access the App Store and purchase Lion. With Lion and onwards the operating system belongs to the Apple ID owner, not the computer. You cannot use another's Apple ID. Apple Online have Snow Leopard OS X.6 for $20 posted.
    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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    Sep 11, 2012
    are you aware the 1 terabyte HD is faulty and be replaced for free at Apple Store? Be sure to get HD for computer mfg . late 2009.

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