Can I buy and download OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, via the Mac App Store on an unsupported Mac?

My home internet is dial-up, so whenever I need to download stuff I go to the library with my Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) MacBook.

For Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), it doesn't work, because my MacBook isn't supported by Mountain Lion, even though I actually want to install 10.8 on my iMac at home, so the app store won't let me buy it.

Is there a way to work around this?

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    Eric, 'Snow Leopard' is 10.6. 'Lion' is 10.7. Which do you have? Likely the App Store program looks at a particular string somewhere on your system to judge whether it can run or not. If the string/file that the App Store checks is easily editable then you could spoof the download at least. However, this isn't necessarily even how it does. One way might be install fseventer and look at which file is 'touched' by the App Store or someother process. Maybe even a log file (readable with the built-in Console app) can tell us? Apr 23, 2013 at 19:25

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You should be able to use file linked here to download mavericks, just use "Disk Utility" to restore the ".dmg" to a usb thumb drive then boot your mac off it, then select your hard drive and then let it finish booting.

I used this to download Mavericks on a late 2006 model Mac mini with 2GB of RAM. Mavericks won't install or run on it, but I was able to use the downloaded app along with tools from the "tonymacx86.com" website to make a USB installer to install on a PC to make a customac (aka a hackintosh)

I wish they still had Mountain Lion available to download, If they still did I think this method would have also worked to download it too.

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