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Downloading older versions of OS X using Recovery

September 29, 2015 3 comments

As of September 28th, 2015, Apple has apparently removed the listings for older versions of OS X and other discontinued software from the Purchased tab of users who had previously purchased or downloaded them.

Screen Shot 2015 09 28 at 7 29 18 PM

With this software unavailable in the Mac App Store, this change means that it’s no longer possible to download the following versions of OS X from the Mac App Store:

  • Mac OS X Lion
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Mavericks

Update – 9-29-2015: The listings for older versions of OS X and other discontinued software have re-appeared in the Purchased tab as of this morning, so this software is now available for download again.

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 6.59.12 AM


Fortunately, it’s still possible to download installers for these versions of OS X, provided you have access to a Mac or virtual machine running the version of OS X that you need to download. For more details, see below the jump.

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