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

Posted on 2012-03-15
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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: http://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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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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Assuming you have a valid App Store account log in to the store and select Lion.
Click on Buy button and pretend you are going to buy. In the end it will tell you that you have Lion installed but you can install anyway - reinstall rather and will not be charged.

When the download is finished you will be asked to install but you can pause right there and drag a copy of the installer to a different place on your system for later reuse. The downloaded file goes into the Application folder and the installer will delete that one.

This is the way it should go. I have installed Lion on about 30 macs so far and reinstalled on several again. I used a recover usb in some instances and as long as I log in on my account I am not charged for the install.

I bought the first one of course but there are no viable ways to handle multiple installs in a company. I can't make an account for every user in the company with access to the company credit card... but this is another story.
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by:jbm4
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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!
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Cool!
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