Apple now offers Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Mountain Lion for free

Apple makes older Mac OS X versions free for the first time

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Users still hanging on to older Macs no longer have to pay $20 for their Mac OS X download thanks to new Apple support documents.

Apple stopped charging for Mac OS X with the release of version 10.9 Mavericks, but users looking for older versions had to pay for the download codes via the Mac App Store. Both Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion are still available for purchase for $19.99 each.

In new support documents discovered by Macworld, Apple will allow users to access the download codes for these old operating systems for free.

Those who are feeling nostalgic can download the installers and run the old operating systems on compatible hardware on a partition, or on modern machines in a virtual machine.

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