Buy OS X Lion Download + Installer as a USB boot stick

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Mac OS X Lion has established itself as a turning point in the evolution of Mac operating systems since its release in 2011. Whether you're planning to upgrade or considering downgrading, a bootable USB stick with the OS X Lion installer is often essential. In this post, we show you why purchasing a ready-made boot stick is often the wiser decision.

This is how the OS X Lion installation should work for you if everything runs smoothly.
This is how the OS X Lion installation should work for you if everything goes smoothly.

OS X Lion boot stick

Since you are probably in a hurry and want to get your USB stick with the OS X Lion Installer, I have Here is the direct link to the boot stick on Amazon.

DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion macOS Bootable Bootable USB...
  • Comes with detailed but easy to understand step-by-step instructions. Completely in German.
  • With this DS Systems USB (Type-A) boot stick it is possible to carry out a complete new installation on, for example, a...
  • Always check the system requirements beforehand. If in doubt, you can check compatibility...

Are you looking for a bootable USB stick for another macOS or OS X? Then please here to our overview.

Booting from the stick: This is how you use the boot stick

If you decide to purchase a boot stick, the OS X Lion download is already included.

Important: In the following guide I have an explanation for both Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs, but some Apple operating systems only run on Intel Macs and others only on Apple Silicon Macs. I have this in mind, but didn't want to adapt the instructions for each system.

To boot the Mac from the USB stick, proceed as follows:

  1. Restart your Mac
  2. Intel Macs: right after startup (there's a beep on most Macs), hold the Option buttone (also called the ALT or Option key).
    Apple Silicon Macs: here you have to keep the power button pressed when you turn it on
  3. Now the boot manager should start and show you which volumes you can boot from (with Apple Silicon Macs you get to the boot options, which work similarly, but here you have to start from USB sticks in the Startup security utility allow)
  4. select the USB stick here and continue
  5. this should launch the OS X Lion installer

I hope you manage to get the boot stick – and hopefully your Mac – up and running with this.

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The desk background should also look familiar to you. However, I always had the other active, which is further down the post.

Download OS X Lion and create a boot stick? No thanks!

Creating a boot stick for OS X Lion can be complicated. Often the process fails, and if you don't have a second Mac available, it becomes even more difficult. I've tried several times and finally only got a bootable USB stick with OS X El Capitan with my old iMac.

Some people have also reported problems with certain USB sticks, while others are struggling to download the OS X installer. Bottom line, you can spend hours without ending up with a working boot stick.

Bootable USB stick with OS X Lion from DS Systems

The DS Systems bootable USB sticks mentioned above are recommended by a reader who was looking for an OS X download himself and wanted to create a boot stick with the installer. During his research, he came across the DS Systems installer at some point and had good experiences with it.

DS Systems offers a range of tested and working Apple operating systems on USB sticks on Amazon. The advantage is that you get bootable and reliable USB sticks with which you can also reinstall Macs that no longer boot.

Why not eBay?

It may be tempting to buy a cheap boot stick on eBay, but caution is advised. These sticks are often infected with malware, which can turn your Mac into a virus slingshot immediately after installation. With DS Systems you can be sure that you will get a clean and working Mac operating system.

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Do you remember this desktop background? It is one of the ones included with OS X Lion.

OS X Lion – the most important things in brief

  • developer and license: Developed by Apple Inc., licensed under EULA, APSL, BSD, GPL and others.
  • Release date: Initial release on July 20, 2011, last updated (version 10.7.5) on October 4, 2012.
  • architecture: Supports x86-32 and x86-64 architectures.
  • predecessors and successors: Follows Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and is succeeded by OS X Mountain Lion (10.8).
  • iOS integration: Introduction of control elements from iOS for so-called "post-PC devices".
  • Mac App Store: Primary distribution channel, requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later.
  • server variant: Previous server versions are now available as a paid upgrade.
  • download numbers: More than a million downloads within the first 24 hours, 26 million copies by July 2012.
  • New Features: Includes numerous new features such as AirDrop, AutoSave, improved accessibility, FileVault 2 for improved encryption, revised Finder, Launchpad for application management and many more.
  • Removed Features: Removed support for PowerPC processors, Java Runtime Environment and other operating system components.
  • system requirements: Requires a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo or later processor and at least 2 GB of RAM.
  • Download as installer on USB stick: here at Amazon
DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion macOS Bootable Bootable USB...
  • Comes with detailed but easy to understand step-by-step instructions. Completely in German.
  • With this DS Systems USB (Type-A) boot stick it is possible to carry out a complete new installation on, for example, a...
  • Always check the system requirements beforehand. If in doubt, you can check compatibility...

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