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If you followed our three-part Hackintosh guide to put together a homemade Mac OS X machine of your own, you may be wondering now if you can easily take advantage of all the fresh newness in OS X Lion. Thanks again to the folks at, the answer is yes.

Since Apple is making Lion initially available only as a Mac App Store download, the tonymac guys had to retool their process slightly. Now, instead of popping in an OS X intall DVD, an app called xMove creates a bootable disk image of the Lion download, which you can put on a new hard drive partition or a USB drive. Boot from your new install partition or drive from Chameleon, and install as usual. Initial compatibility reports with Lion seem to be good, but I’d make a bootable clone of your working Snow Leopard partition first, just in case you have to roll back.

I haven’t updated my machine yet, but I plan on doing it this weekend. Check out (and follow carefully!) the full instructions for xMove + MultiBeast here.