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Out-of-box OSX 7 Lion issue: How to "Restore System from Time Machine Backup"?

I've been researching my question elsewhere and have not found a solid, clear answer - not even at Apple.com.

I am running a new iMac, pre-loaded with OSX 7 Lion. As everybody knows, Apple has not released an install disk for Lion. Upgrades  come only as a download from the App Store.

How, then, can I run "Restore System from Time Machine  Backup," (which requires a "Utilities/Restore System etc. etc" menu) such I was able to do with my old Leopard install disk?

I am reading that many people who are upgrading to Lion from Leopard are burning the download content to DVD, and that produces a viable install disk of Lion - complete with the menu I queried here : "Utilities/Restore System from Time Machine Backup."

BUT...I also read that a user like myself who has a machine with Lion pre-installed can not download/burn the package. Something to do with the downloaded disk image self-destructing. I don't understand that, and nobody explains it so far.

I see that Apple has released a download Lion Recovery install for a USB stick. But again, I seem to be stymied because..for whatever reason...my iMac will not boot to "Lion Recovery" mode by holding down Command-R keys while restarting, as instructed at: www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/

So it seems to me that I am locked out of the "System Restore from Time Machine Backup" feature, which is a pity because it is a very useful and efficient tool to recover a corrupted OS, {which happens to be an issue I think I may be dealing with in a concurrent question here at EE: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/27634274/Out-of-box-OSX-7-Lion-issue-How-to-Restore-System-from-Time-Machine-Backup.html}

Does anyone know how a user with pre-loaded Lion can get something like a viable install/recovery disk for Lion, without the risk of possibly wasting time and money on a download that some people are saying just self-destructs?
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If you boot holding down the Alt (opition key) don't you get available boot disks and the recovery one too?
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Is today the day I finally lose it and GO POSTAL?
 
Nope, the restart with Alt key only boots me back Home! No other drive options or Recovery option to boot to. BTW: Apple says the key combo for Recovery is  Command-R : www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/ Have tried both. Nuthin' doing!

I have to air out my head for a few minutes before I tackle your following comments re: re-install Lion and relocation of that installer.  I'll certainly give it a go. I just need some decompression time here. Will get back to you. Gotta talk to my pal, Jim Beam.
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Clarity! At last! sigurarm should be writing for Apple.com! This was the first, complete, plain-language solution to this issue I've seen anywhere!

TX!