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

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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/Apple/Operating_Systems/Q_27634274.htm}

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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