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What, seriously? This weirdo is asking about Lion install DVDs?? Those are so yesterday! (actually literally in this case :D)

However, yes I am asking about that. My iMac (early 2008 24" model just for any needed reference) is currently connected to the internet via WiFi. Now let's just assume that my town has BANNED stores from carrying ethernet cables and all extra unused ethernet cables are removed from people's households. Now, if I were to try to download Lion over WiFi, it would take around 16 hours. Now my PC here is hooked up directly to ethernet (remember, this cable is being used so they won't take it from me), and with it's connection it will take around 3 or 4 hours. So, what I want to know is can I download Lion onto my PC, then burn it to a DVD, then install it from that on my iMac?

And because I know all you smart-elics out there, the police went ahead and glued the ethernet cable into my PC's ethernet port, so I can't simply take the current ethernet cable running to my PC and plug it into my iMac :) And imports from other towns where ethernet cables are legal will be intercepted and returned to the sender.

asked Jul 21 '11 at 01:31

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edited Jul 21 '11 at 02:12

Yea you can make your own Lion DVD. Just download it from the app store. Once it is downloaded, locate the Lion installer and right-click on it, selecting Show Package Contents.

Navigate inside the “Contents” folder, go inside Shared Support and, inside, locate the installer: InstallESD.dmg.

Copy InstallESD.dmg to the desktop.

Now, go to Disk Utility.

Click on the Burn button on the top menu.

Navigate to the Desktop in the selector and select InstallESD.dmg.

Now insert a blank 4.7 GB DVD and wait for the disk to burn.

answered Jul 21 '11 at 01:35

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I have one Mac, hooked to WiFi, and one PC hooked to ethernet. Can I get to the app store with a PC? That would be useful for making software downloads faster

(Jul 21 '11 at 01:36) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Nope you can't get App Store on PC. You would have to go to mates house with Mac login into your account then download Mac OS X Lion then do what Gary said. Then you have it. That's the onway. Unless you get the Mac OS X Lion (App Store) Torrent from TPB then you can do it that way.

(Jul 21 '11 at 01:53) Maber Maber's gravatar image

Thanks. I think my neighbor has a mac. However I think I like snow leopard a lot better now.

(Jul 21 '11 at 02:08) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I know for a fact that it is within Apple's EULA that you can make one backup copy of the OSX Lion software for backup purposes. This means that you can make 1 OSX Lion install DVD. However, if I were to make an OSX Lion install DVD and then create an install USB and keep both of them, would I still be in the EULA?

If I have my USB Flash Drive fail on me, then I still have the DVD to use for installing Lion.

I am NOT trying to ask for help in breaking Apple's EULA, I only want to clearly know what is doable within Apple's primitive, prohibitive and silly rules. Just sayin'

Talk soon, Adiman423 from London in the UK

answered Jul 28 '11 at 19:16

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Well that kinda sucks.

(Jul 28 '11 at 20:18) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I also think this seems like a bad idea. The option should be available to install the OS offline. Besides, you can't do a clean install with out some external media. A USB option would be nice, as CD drives are hard to come by these days. I have had to restore my CR-48 a few times because it wasn't booting, if this happened to an Apple computer, I wouldn't be able to restore from my other Windows based computers. This happened at a hotel, and the only computers available were running Windows.

answered Jul 29 '11 at 16:15

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Apple is apparently releasing a USB stick later on in the year that contains Lion. It's a $60 product, which is outrageous for a 4gig flash drive, but still it's a physical version of it.

(Jul 29 '11 at 22:22) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image
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