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Obtaining Mountain Lion itself is a somewhat unique process. You see, you can't actually got to the store and purchase Mountain Lion. That's right. It's not actually available in brick and mortar Apple stores. Instead, Mountain Lion can only be purchased by going to the Apple App Store. The App Store is an online marketplace where Mac users can purchase software, not only from Apple, but from a host of other companies as well. In the case of Mountain Lion, the only way to purchase the software, is to do so from the online App Store. What makes the App Store so appealing, is that all of your purchases made on the App Store are saved, and can be redownloaded with a click of a button in the future.
Let's take a look at how to do this. So on my computer, I'm going to access the app store by coming up here to the Apple menu. And I'm going to choose App Store from the list. Now, this is going to open up the App Store application. And you can open up this window if you wish, so you can see this a little bit better. And you'll notice that in my case I have Mountain Lion displayed as one of the Featured Applications over here in the upper-right corner. Or I can actually search for it as well. So, you may not see it up here, so let's go ahead and click in the search field, and I'm going to do a search for Mountain Lion.
And you can see that the tooltip here is automatically trying to populate that. So I'm going to go ahead and choose that. And you'll see that Mountain Lion shows up right here. Now the great thing about Mountain Lion is that it's only $20. So it's very inexpensive, and it's really easy to download. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to click on the Buy button. I'm going to click on 19 99, and then I'm going to click on the Buy App button. Now, in order to purchase items from the App Store, you need an Apple ID, and password.
Now if you don't have one, as you can see, right here, you can create an Apple ID, on the fly. In my example I do have an Apple ID that I can use. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to enter my Apple ID and password. And then I'm going to click the Sign In button. Now, I'm being asked for a second verification because the App store wants to verify my billing information. So I'm going to enter my password one more time. And I'm going to click the Billing Info button.
Now this is going to show, all of the credit card information for my particular account. And you're going to have to do the exact same thing when you set up payment information. Because the way the App Store works, is once you purchase something, it's going to use this credit card information. So the only thing I need to do here is verify my security code. So, I'm going to go ahead and type that in. And I'm going to go ahead and click the Done button.
And you can see that Mountain Lion is automatically going to start downloading on my computer. Now what you are seeing here is it's automatically opening up Launchpad and you can see the status of the download right here in the Launchpad. If you want, you can continue working while this is downloading, but in our example we're going to just watch this as it downloads and finishes up. Now, depending on your Internet connection. This may take quite a bit of time to download.
But because of my blazing fast Internet connection, this is downloaded fairly quickly. Now, what I'm going to do is just go back to the finder for a second. And I'll just close any windows that I have. And I'll even quit out of the App Store. Because what I want to show you is, when you download Mountain Lion, it's going to automatically open up the installer, so that you can begin the installation process. Now, one point I want to make here as well, is that if you go to your Finder, down here, and we navigate to our Applications folder, you're going to see that OS X, and more specifically, the App Store downloads the installer into your Applications folder. And what I usually encourage people to do is make a copy of this to another directory, maybe even an external hard drive, before you install this on your computer.
Because after installation, this will get removed. So that way you won't have to download it every time in the future. As you can see, obtaining Mountain Lion is a piece of cake. Once you have an Apple ID and password, you simply purchase it in the App Store and download it to your computer. It doesn't get much easier than that.
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