OS X Lion Installation Guides

Guides to Clean and Upgrade Installs, and Creating Bootable Copies of Lion

OS X Lion uses a new distribution method for OS X, the Mac App Store, where you purchase and download the OS X Lion installer. This new distribution system has many people worried that traditional install methods, such as erase and install, or a bootable copy of OS X Lion, are history.

Well, none of these speculations are true. While Apple may not be supplying instructions for creating bootable copies of Lion or performing clean installs, here at About: Macs, we have all the guides you need to install Lion the way you want to.

Planning Your OS X Lion Installation

There are many decisions you'll need to make when you're ready to install OS X Lion on your Mac. These include the type of installation you want to perform, and whether you want to rely on the Lion recovery volume or create your own recovery volume using a DVD or flash drive.

Before you install Lion, take a look at our guide to planning your installation. More »

Perform an Upgrade Install of Lion on Your Mac

A Lion upgrade install is both the easiest and the default method for upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion. The advantage is that all of your user data and applications are left intact, ready to use as soon as the Lion installation is complete.

If you're looking for the quickest way to install Lion, this is the guide you need. More »

Perform a Clean Install of OS X Lion on Your Mac

Apple has changed the way the Lion installer works. There's no longer a click-a-button method for performing a clean install of Lion on an empty hard drive, but as it turns out, it's still pretty easy to do.

If you want to install Lion on a freshly erased volume, this guide will have you booting to a fresh install of Lion. More »

It’s a myth that you can only install OS X Lion if you have Snow Leopard in place. While you need Snow Leopard to download the Lion installer, once you have the installer in your hands, you can create a bootable flash drive that will allow you to perform an upgrade or clean install of Lion on any Mac that meets the minimum hardware specifications for Lion. More »

If you would like to have a traditional bootable DVD of Lion, which you can use to perform Lion installs and run Disk Utility, then this is the guide for you.

The guide includes instructions for making a bootable DVD from the downloaded Lion installer, as well as instructions for using the bootable DVD to erase or repair a hard drive, and installing OS X Lion on any Mac that meets Lion's hardware specifications. More »