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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
Now of course before you can run Lion you have to actually install it. What you're looking at now is the Desktop of a Mac that's running Snow Leopard and this is how many of you are going to upgrade. Because you need to have Snow Leopard on your machine before you can go to the App Store and download a copy of Lion. So I am going to go to the Apple menu, choose App Store, and here we are at the App Store. Now if I wanted to, I could use a Search field to look for Lion, but Apple was kind enough to put a link to it right here in the Quick Link sidebar.
Now normally, if you haven't purchased Lion before, you are going to see this box here contains the price of the OS and that's $30. In this case I've already purchased it, so I am just going to install it again. The reason I can do this is because the license is such that you can download and install it on any Macintosh that you have authorized with your Apple ID. So we will go ahead and Install simply by clicking on Install. It will ask me for my password. Sign in, and there it goes, and now it's downloading and you see that it is, because it appears in the dock.
And now it's finished downloading. When it does that up pops a window called Install Mac OS X Lion. Now at this point to start the installation all I have to do is click Continue. But before we do that I want to make a copy of the installer and the reason I want to do that is because once the installation completes it throws out the installer. It deletes it. Now that may be fine in most cases, but there are times that you may want to have a copy of that installer if you want to move it to another Mac for example. The license allows you to do this and it's particularly helpful if you don't want to go through that 4 gigabyte download again.
So you'll find the installer inside your Applications folder and here it is. I am going to hold down the Option key and drag this file to the desktop, and it will make a copy of the installer. Now that I have that copy, I will close this window, and we will click Continue to proceed with the installation. You must Agree to license agreement, because if you don't, it won't install. Yes, I've read every single word, I promise. At this point you can choose which hard drive to install to.
I have just a single hard drive, so I will click Install. Again, enter your username and password and OK. Note that we are performing an upgrade. So all the information that's on my computer now will remain there. All we are doing is updating the operating system. So during this initial phase, the installer will install a few files and then it will restart your Mac. If you don't want to wait through this ticker just click Restart. I am going to Close Other Applications, which is the App Store, and now we restart.
And then the Mac will reboot and you will see the Apple logo and you'll see the progress wheel below the Apple logo. And then you see the Installing screen and it shows you a progress bar along the bottom of the window. And this is going to take some time, so feel free, go ahead and have a cup of coffee, and wait while it finishes installing. Fortunately for you, we are going to zip through this part, so you don't have to sit around and wait many minutes for it to get to where it needs to go. So, after the installation completes, you'll see a little notice indicating that it has completed. Wait a little bit and the computer will restart all by itself and it will boot into the login screen.
Now you can tell that you're at the Lion login screen because you'll see this gray sort of cloth background that you wouldn't have seen in Snow Leopard. So this indicates that indeed we are in Lion. Any user accounts that were on your computer in Snow Leopard are still on your computer. They are represented by these little circles with the name of the account underneath. In order to log into an account, all you have to do is select the account you want to log into, click on it, and you'll be prompted for your password. Your password will remain just as it was in Snow Leopard. And here's your desktop and as you'll notice, it looks exactly the same as it did under Snow Leopard.
There is your Hard Drive icon in the right corner and as you recall, I made a copy of the Lion installer, I put it on the Desktop, and it's still there on the Desktop, ready for me to copy to another drive if I care to. And it's really just as easy as that. It may take half an hour or an hour so, for the installation of complete, but once it's done, you'll have your computer back ready to use Lion.
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