Can I use my MacBook Pro system disc (Snow leopard) that came with my computer to upgrade my Macbook 13 inch (early 2008) to OSX 10.6 ?

I have Macbook 13 inch (early 2008) running 10.5.8 and want to upgrade the operating system to the 10.6 version that came with my MacBook Pro. I purchased the OSX Lion USB so that I could install the new OS on my MacBook Pro and my Macbook. I have been successful with my Macbook Pro but when I try and use the Snow Leopard install disc that came with my MacBook Pro it tells me I can't use the disc on the MacBook.

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    Usually the OS that comes pre-installed on a Mac, is just for that model of Mac.
    The retail version of the OS (versions not pre-installed on a Mac), allow installation on various Mac models.

    You should have a paid license for each Mac you install Snow Leopard on to. (The End User License Agreement basically says that two copies of the software can not run at the same time... therefore you shouldn't have both Macs turned on at same time if they don't have separate paid OS licenses for each Mac.)

    The license for the version of Lion that comes on the USB stick, seems to indicate that for personal, non-commercial purposes, Lion can be installed on all Macs OWNED by an individual that are already running a properly licensed version of Snow Leopard.

    Snow Leopard is still sold by the Apple Store. US$29 for single license. US$49 for family pack of five licenses (one installation disk, but allowing installation on up to five Macs).

    Lion is available from the Apple Store on a USB stick (US$69), or via the Mac App Store as a download for US$29.99. Volume licensing of Lion (over 20 licenses) is available by phoning Apple.

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  • You cannot use the system install disk from your MacBook Pro On your MacBook. That disk is only licensed for use with the machine that it came with.

    You will need to purchase a retail copy of Snow Leopard to upgrade the MacBook. You can then use the Lion Install key to upgrade both machines to Lion.

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