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Installing Mountain Lion

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Installing Mountain Lion

Before you can use Mountain Lion, you actually have to have a copy of it. And how do you get a copy of it? Well you go to the Mac App Store. So go to the Apple menu, and we're running Lion currently. It takes you automatically to the featured page, and if you look down the right side, our very best guess is that you will find OS X Mountain Lion as the first entry. I'll click on that, and you see I have the option to purchase it. In order to get Mountain Lion now, all I have to do is click on the price, choose Buy App, and I will then be prompted for my Apple ID and password, as will you.

Installing Mountain Lion

Before you can use Mountain Lion, you actually have to have a copy of it. And how do you get a copy of it? Well you go to the Mac App Store. So go to the Apple menu, and we're running Lion currently. It takes you automatically to the featured page, and if you look down the right side, our very best guess is that you will find OS X Mountain Lion as the first entry. I'll click on that, and you see I have the option to purchase it. In order to get Mountain Lion now, all I have to do is click on the price, choose Buy App, and I will then be prompted for my Apple ID and password, as will you.

Now this point, I would simply enter my Apple ID and my password, click on Sign In. It will then download to my computer. Now note this, it's about four and a half gigabytes, so depending on how fast your broadband connection is, this could take not terribly long to a really, really long time. We're not going to make you sit through this either way, so we're going to go ahead and download this, and we'll be back once it's on our Mac. So Mountain Lion has completed downloading and it has now launched the installer. At this point, we would continue on by clicking Continue.

However before we do that, I want to do one thing, so I'm going to go into Applications and I'm going to find the OS X Mountain Lion installer. I'm going to move this out of the Applications folder. Now why would I do that? Once the installation completes, your installer is deleted. This isn't a huge problem. What happens is if later you want to reinstall Mountain Lion, you can do that using something called Recovery HD partition, which we're going to look at in another movie.

However, in order to reinstall Mountain Lion, you have to download another copy. So what I'm trying to do is prevent doing that so you will always have a local copy instead of having to download it again, because again, this is a huge file. It's over 4.5 gigabytes, so it does take quite a while to download if you don't have a really fast internet connection. So I'm going to make a copy of it, and to do that, I'll hold down the Option key, click on it, and I'm going to drag it into my Documents folder. It will then make a copy and I'll have that other copy, so that once it installs and deletes this original installer, I will still have another copy of it.

Great, so now we have our copy, I will click the Close button to get rid of that and now we can start our installation. I'll click on Continue. I could read every word of the license agreement, but if I don't agree, I can't install it, so I will go ahead and agree. Choose the hard drive I want to use. I have just one, but if you had more than one, you would see as many hard drives as you have, and then you can choose the one you wish to install to. We're good to go. I click on Install, enter my password.

Okay, and the installation begins. Now you'll see that it appears that it's only going to take a few minutes to install, that's not actually true. What it's doing is installing the real installer so that it can proceed with the heavy lifting. And again, we're not going to make you sit through a lot of this. It tells me my computer will restart automatically, but I don't want to wait, so I'll click on Restart. It will ask me to close other applications, that would be the Mac App Store, go ahead, and now the Mac restarts.

And now Mountain Lion has installed, and you can tell that it has because here's my name, here's my password field, and apparently Mountain Lion thinks I'm a hockey puck, and I'm going to change that as we go through. So, I still maintain the password that I had previously, so I'll just enter that now, press Return, and then configuration starts in earnest. First thing I'm asked for is my Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can easily get one, simply click on the Plus Button and you'll be walked through the process of getting an Apple ID.

I happen to have one, so I'll go ahead and enter it now and I'll click on Continue. Also note, if you don't want to enter this information now, you don't have to, you can simply click on Skip. I will agree to the terms and conditions so that I can use Mountain Lion. Now I'm prompted to set up iCloud. Now because I've entered my Apple ID and password, Apple knows that I have an iCloud account and so I see this screen. Now it's possible that on your Mac, you saw another step before this and that step was to configure a WiFi network.

We didn't see that screen because my Mac is plugged into an ethernet connection and it already has a web connection. But if yours doesn't and you're relying on a WiFi connection, you'll see a window about WiFi and you'll be prompted to select a WiFi hotspot. If that hotspot is password protected, just enter that password and press Return and you'll be on the web. So I'm going to go ahead and tell it to set up iCloud on this account by clicking on Continue. And then up pops this messaging window.

This allows me to use iMessage and FaceTime. Now currently, this Apple ID is connected with a couple of different addresses, one of them is my old MobileMe account, which is chrisebreen@me.com, but chrisebreen@iCloud.com works as well. So if people want to use iMessage or FaceTime to get in touch with me, they can use either one of these addresses, or none of them if I choose to uncheck them, or just the one I checked. I'm going to allow both of them and I'll click on Continue. You're now asked if you'd like to use Find My Mac using iCloud.

This is a service that uses your Mac's location to help determine where it is. Now if you have a desktop Mac, say an iMac or a Mac Pro, this isn't all that necessary because your Mac really isn't likely to go anywhere. However if you have a laptop, something you're going to take out on the road with you, it's an excellent idea to turn this on. For the time being, I'm going to turn this off and we'll proceed. It's now setting up my iCloud options for me. And my Mac is set up and ready to use.

Start using your Mac? Yes, indeed, let's get to it. So we've run through the installer and here we are at the Mac's desktop ready to go. Now it's possible that your Mac will not look exactly like this. We upgraded from another account that had certain settings turned off. The desktop pattern was different, there were more items in the menu bar, and the dock was exposed. In a subsequent movie, I'm going to show you how to configure your Mac so it looks like this.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

76 video lessons · 20978 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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