Do you still need to upgrade to snow Leopard before upgrading to Lion with the USB Thumb Drive?

OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive

OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive

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  • Best Answer:

    Legally, yes, according to the OS X Lion Software License Agreement (part below) you need to have Snow Leopard license to purchase Lion, this is why it is cheaper. However what you download from the App Store and what is available on the thumb drive are considered "full versions". For example, I downloaded Lion from the App Store and burnt it onto a thumb drive myself. Then I did a "clean install" (or format and install) on my MacBook.

    The OS X Lion Software License Agreement allows you to install and use the software for your personal, non-commercial use on all the Macs you own or control that are running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server (a Mac Computer). Commercial enterprises or educational institutions can install and use one copy of the software for use either a) by a single individual on each Mac Computer that the enterprise or educational institution owns or controls, or b) by multiple individuals on a single shared Mac Computer that the enterprise or educational institution owns or controls (for example, in a resource center or library). You can also use the software in accordance with the terms of a volume or maintenance license (purchased separately).

  • yes you will need to update your snow leopard to latest snow leopard v10.6.8.. in order to upgrade your system, But if you want a fresh installation you can use the device directly without updating your snow leopard..

  • Yes, you need.

    it says at the the bottom of the page: The OS X Lion Software License Agreement allows you to install and use the software for your personal, non-commercial use on all the Macs you own or control that are running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Snow Leopard Server (a Mac Computer).

  • Yes, you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later for upgrading with flash drive.

  • Yes.

  • yes you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later for upgrading

  • System Requirements

    Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    2GB of memory
    OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

  • Apparently so, based on the listed system requirements.

  • Yes