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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:27 pm    Post subject: Mini, Lion & Mac App Store Reply with quote

I would like to have this question answered, please.
I use a 2009 Mini with Snow Leopard, and everything is fine here.
I don't have an account in Mac App Store and I don't need it, I am a long time Mac user (1992) and I have software enough at this point.

My question is: if something happens to my Mini and I decide to buy a new one (plus an external optical drive...), I will need to get an account in App Store to use my new computer that comes with Lion? Or, can I use it with no account but still need an account for online restore (re-download of the OS) or system updates?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you will only need to sign up if you purchase the OS or apps from Apple. If you purchase a new computer, Lion will come preinstalled and you don't need to sign up for updates if you wish not to.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini, Lion & Mac App Store Reply with quote

lidador wrote:
I would like to have this question answered, please.
I use a 2009 Mini with Snow Leopard, and everything is fine here.
I don't have an account in Mac App Store and I don't need it, I am a long time Mac user (1992) and I have software enough at this point.

My question is: if something happens to my Mini and I decide to buy a new one (plus an external optical drive...), I will need to get an account in App Store to use my new computer that comes with Lion? Or, can I use it with no account but still need an account for online restore (re-download of the OS) or system updates?
I think you need to sign up for an account if you want to use the recovery from them. Or you can clone the drive with superduper and use it to recover.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you purchase a new mac it will come with the App Store version of the iLife programs and the only way to update them is through the App store.

I don't think that you need an App Store account to do a recovery of a 2011 mini. It only checks the serial number when you restore. It is possible that the machine has to be registered to an account but I haven't seen that as a requirement.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

saul you may be correct. I have a few 2011 minis. they can't use the apple usb lion stick as they have a special mac mini build and they have built in recovery info . I have not installed a 2011 mini via the net. I did an install to my macpro and paid the 30 bucks for it. you need an account for that. I have to kill a 2011 mini's hdd and see if I can get it to do a fresh install via the net with just my mini and no account.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weird???

I have a 2011 mini and have had no issues with the lion usb thumb stick install at all.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
weird???

I have a 2011 mini and have had no issues with the lion usb thumb stick install at all.


The $69 retail Lion thumb drive?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes why???

ahhh i see mine is 10.7.1 thumb stick.

That might make a huge difference...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What build did the thumb drive install? I have 11B2118 on my mini. This was downloaded through Internet recovery.
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