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Once you've purchased Mountain Lion from the App Store, you're ready to install it on your computer. Just a reminder, you want to make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run Mountain Lion on your computer and that your current operating system is a minimum of OS 10.6.8 before you try. In this video, I'll walk you through the installation process to get Mountain Lion installed on your computer. Now, I'm beginning this video with OS X Mountain Lion installer already open on my computer. And if you double-check if you go to your Finder and go to the Applications folder. That installer by default is located in the Applications folder when you download it from the Apps Store.
So you could also double-click on this to initiate the installer. Now within the installer, it's really going to guide you through the installation process every step of the way. So as you can see, the next thing I need to do is click the Continue button. When I do this, it's going to display the Apple end user license agreement. And you can read through this on your own and when you're finished we can go ahead and click Agree. We're going to click Agree one more time, and then you can choose which hard drive you want to install Mountain Lion on.
You can click Show All Discs if you want, and then pick from your list of hard drives. So I'm going to make sure that my main hard drive is selected. And then I'm going to click the Install button. You're going to have to enter an administrative username and password to proceed. Once you do that, the installation process will begin. Once the installation process is finished, it's going to ask you to restart your computer. As you can see here, the computer is going to automatically restart if you don't manually click the restart button.
To speed things up a little bit, I'm going to go ahead and click the Restart button manually. After the restart, Mountain Lion is going to continue the installation process, and this is really the second part of the installation. The first part essentially copies files to your hard drive, and now this part is actually installing the actual files onto your computer. Now, I've accelerated this last part to make it a little bit easier for you to watch so you don't have to wait for that progress bar to go. And when your computer reboots, you're going to have to log back into your account.
(audio playing) And then you'll be using Mountain Lion on your computer. Now in this particular example, it is asking me for my Apple ID one more time. So you can either plug this in at this point because it's going to want to use this for iCloud and for App Store purchases or you can skip this step, and enter it later. So I'll go ahead and enter my Apple ID and click Continue. And then we'll agree to the end user license agreement. Click Agree one more time.
Now at this point in time, Mountain Lion wants to set up iCloud on my computer. We're not going to perform this right now. I'm just going to turn this off, and we'll go ahead and click Continue, and we're going to get a confirmation screen indicating that our Mac is set up and ready to use. So I'm going to click the Start Using Your Mac button, and the dialog will go away. And we're now using Mountain Lion on our computer. As you can see, in Mountain Lion, the installation process is quick and easy.
After installation, it's a matter of a few clicks and you'll be up and running in no time, ready to make the most of Apple's latest operating system, Mountain Lion.
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