I purchased OS X 10.7 lion about two years ago, and installed it on my Mac running 10.6.8.

A couple of hours ago I re-formatted my computer and re-installed Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard from the original DVD installer. Now I want to go to the App Store and re-download the OS X Lion installer, to upgrade my system to Lion.

The problem is that when I go to App Store and try to download the OS X 10.7 Lion installer, it reloads the same page and nothing happens.

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I tried to delete the App store cache and re-install, but it did not work.

Any help?


  • When you re-installed OS X 10.6, are you sure that you ran Software Update and installed all of Apple's updates and patches to 10.6.x, before you tried to download the OS X Lion installer? Check again.
    – user9290
    Aug 29, 2013 at 17:30
  • Same problem here. When you click "OS X Lion", you get a message: "Item Not Available", "The item you've requested is not currently available in the UK store"
    – Greg Woods
    Oct 18, 2013 at 0:13
  • How thorough was your re-formatting? Did you wipe out the recovery partition as well? Nov 3, 2013 at 11:10

2 Answers 2


When a new OS X is released, it isn't no longer possible to download the previous version(s).

Apple has however now with the release of OS X Mavericks (10.9) again opened up for re-download of Lion and Mountain Lion (if previously purchased) - or to purchase the two OS's for a price of $19.99 each.

OS X Lion (10.7)

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)


Try signing out of the App Store, restarting your Mac, then signing back into the Store. I've seen this happen with other purchases.

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