When you first switch on your new Mac, there are a few steps to through before you can get going with OS X Mountain Lion. For a start, you’ll need to personalize your Mac and configure it using the Setup Assistant. This process takes only a few minutes to complete and ail ready your Mac for first use.
You’ll need to confirm the language you want to use, set the time zone and choose a username and password. Its important to create a password,, because these will be required whenever you install software or make changes to your system. You also get the opportunity to register your Mac with Apple, but this isn’t compulsory. Most of these options can be reconfigured later, should you go wrong or change your mind.
Migrating From Window to Mac
During the process you’ll be asked for your Apple ID. This is the email address you’ll have use for making purchases from the iTunes Store or the online Apple Store, if you’ve ever bought anything from those (including Mountain Lion), if you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one later.
If you’ve been using a Windows PC or another Mac, the Setup Assistant gives you a change to transfer data from the old machine. This include your files, apps, stored email messages and personal settings. If you decide to skip this step, the Migration Assistant can always be accessed later on from within the Utilities folder on your Mac.
Previously, you got an introduction to controlling OS X using gestures via a trackpad or Magic Mouse, but in Mountain Lion this wont appear. This is because of the addition of screens that introduce you to iCloud and Find My Mac, which Apple is particularly keen for you to use.
How To Setup Your New Mac in Minutes
1. Language and Layout
The very first step is to choose your language. Next, choose the region of the world where you’re situated, followed by the keyboard layout you’re using (for a non-standard or foreign language keyboard, for example). You’ll then be introduced to the Migration Assistant, if you have another information on another PC or Mac that you’d like to transfer, this will simplify the process.
2. Enter Apple ID
You can skip the Migration Assistant if you want – don’t worry, you can return to it at any time. Next you’ll be asked if you have an Apple ID. An Apple ID is essential if you want to the most from your Mac. It enables you to use services such iCloud, as well as download items from iTunes or the Apple Store. If you don’t already have one, you can create one by choosing Create New.
3. Set up iCloud
Next you’ll be asked if you want to use iCloud. This is the same process as when you set up a new iOS device, but it’s recommended even if you don’t use any other devices. Tick “Set up iCloud on this Mac” and then Continue. You’ll need to sign into iCloud to manage your backup, or use the iCloud pane in System Preference. You can choose what apps will sync with iCloud and buy more storage.
4. Enable Find My Mac
Next you’ll be asked if you want to enable Find My Mac, so that your iCloud account can be used to locate your Mac and any iOS devices you own. This is a very handy facility (especially if you use a macbook, which could easily be lost or stolen). Head to iCloud and you’ll be able to see all your devices on a map, make your iPhone play a sound to help you find it, or even remotely wipe it.
5. Your New Desktop
After a thank-you message signaling the final step of the Setup Assistant, you’ll be able to start using OS X Mountain Lion. Your Dock will be filled with the default selection of apps, and you can now begin to customize anything you want.
6. Create User Account
If other people are going to use your Mac, it’s a good idea to create individual user accounts to keep everyone’s files and preferences separate. Open System Preferences and click on User & Groups. Click the padlock symbol to start making changes. Click the + symbol to add a new user. Enter a name and account name, along with a password for the user. To finish, click on Create User.
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