As soon as the new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion platform became available for download, Apple completely removed the previous OS X Lion release from the App Store.
At first, the platform appeared to have been removed even from the users’ Purchased apps tab, but it appears that Apple did not, in fact, pull it from there.
To see the platform listed there, users will simply have to hold the Option key when clicking on the Purchased tab in the App Store. Unfortunately, those who would like to purchase a fresh Lion release won’t be able to do so.
Thus, those who purchased the software but did not have time to download and install it can now do so. Additionally, users can also re-download the platform, provided that they need to.
The feature should prove a great one for those users who don’t have top-of-the-line Macs, as Mountain Lion is now compatible with older machines.
As Macworld notes
, the list of unsupported devices includes 2006 iMacs, late 2006 through early 2008 MacBooks, 2006 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros, the 2007 Mac mini, the 2008 (original) MacBook Air, 2008 Mac Pros, and the 2006 and 2008 Xserve models
This means that there might be a lot of users who would want to be able to download or re-download the older platform to stick to it.
After downloading the already purchased Lion platform, users can create a Recovery USB Key (or OS X Recovery on an external drive) to have at hand in case needed.
For that, they would need to download the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant, available on Softpedia via this link
, insert an external drive, launch the application, select the drive where you want to create the create OS X Recovery, and follow the instructions.
“When the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant completes, the new partition will not be visible in the Finder or Disk Utility. To access OS X Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key. Select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager,” Apple explains.
Those who haven’t had the chance to purchase Lion yet and who no longer have the option through the Mac App Store, can still go for the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive in the Apple Online Store
, for $69, MacRumors