Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing and running Mac OS X 10.10 for the first time, part of Mac OS X Yosemite Essential Training.
- In this movie, I want to talk about what it takes to get Yosemite installed on your computer. It's very unusual to do a complete original install of Yosemite, most users will either buy a brand new computer with Yosemite installed, or they will be upgrading to Yosemite from a previous version of OS X. If you've purchased a brand new computer with Yosemite already installed, you just have to turn the computer on and follow through the instructions that you'll be prompted through. During your initial setup, you'll need to establish a user name and a password for your user account on your computer.
Make sure you choose a user name and a password that you will remember, because that administrator password will be required to unlock certain controls in your computer, which we'll see later in the course. That's all you really need to know, if you're setting up a computer with Yosemite preinstalled. In this movie, we'll be upgrading to Yosemite from OS X Mavericks. Now we are gonna talk much more about the App Store later in this course, but for now, I'm gonna show you just enough to get Yosemite installed. Now the first thing you'll need to know is what version of OS X you're currently running, and to do that, you'll go into the System Menu, also known as the Apple Menu, which is up here in the top left, you just click on the little Apple logo, and you go to About This Mac, and you can see that I'm running Version 10.9.5.
Version 10.9 is OS X Mavericks, Yosemite is Version 10.10, and that's what we want to upgrade to. So the question is, am I able to upgrade? Well, with 10.9, yes, I'm able to upgrade. That's the easy answer. Now if you're running an earlier version of OS X, like 10.6 or 10.7 or 10.8, the story might be a little bit different. If you're running Version OS 10.5 for example, also known as Leopard, then you're not able to access the App Store.
In order to get the App Store, you would have to upgrade to 10.6, and of course, you have to have the App Store in order to upgrade to Yosemite. So, if you have 10.5, you'll need to get up to 10.6, which may mean purchasing a disc. If you are using 10.6, then you have to run your software update in order to get to the App Store. When 10.6 originally shipped, the App Store was not included, but it came later as an update, so if you are using 10.6, just make sure you run all of your software updates, and you'll have the most recent version.
Now most people watching this course are probably on 10.8 or 10.9, and of course, you've got nothing to worry about. You've got the App Store already built in, but just make sure that you go into the App Store and run any system updates that you've got, and make sure that you're on the most recent version of whatever operating system you're using. Once you've got your operating system completely up-to-date, you also want to make sure that the computer that you're using is able to support Yosemite. For that, I recommend you check out this Wikipedia article, which has the system requirements for Yosemite listed here, and you can see the computers that are required to support Yosemite.
I also want to point out that there are certain features that are part of Handoff that require the Bluetooth LE standard which only comes on some Macs. We'll talk more about that later in the course, but for now, just make sure you've got one of these computers to confirm that you're able to upgrade to Yosemite. So if you've confirmed that your computer will work with Yosemite, you just need to perform the upgrade. To do that, we'll go into the App Store, and you can see, I've got the App Store on my Dock. I could launch it there, or I can go back into the System Menu, and go to App Store here.
When you launch the App Store, you may see a banner right here on the front page, advertising Yosemite. You could just click on that, or if you don't see that banner, you could go up to the search bar here, and do a search for Yosemite, and I'll see, here it is, so I can click on this, or I could just go into the Updates panel over on the far right up here at the top, and I'll see that Yosemite is listed here as well. Either way I do it, I'm just looking for this button that says, Free or Free Upgrade.
Now before you'll be able to install this, you will need to sign in with your Apple ID, so go into the Store Menu, and you should see an option here that either says Sign Out or Sign In. I'm already signed in, but if you weren't, you would hit Sign In, and you would type in your user name and password for your Apple ID account. We talked earlier in this course about how to set up an Apple ID, so for now, I'm signed in, I've found the upgrade, and I'm just gonna hit the button to perform the upgrade. I'll need to confirm my Apple ID password, and now the installation process will start.
So from here, you're just waiting for Yosemite to download, and go through the upgrade process, and you should just follow through the prompts as they go. Once Yosemite has finished downloading, you'll be prompted to hit this Continue button to continue the installation process, so I'll hit Continue. There is a licensing agreement that you might want to read to make sure everything is okay, and then you'll hit Agree to agree to that license agreement. I'll have to confirm that again, by hitting Agree here.
From here, I will choose which hard drive I want to install Yosemite on, in this case, I only have one hard drive on my computer. If you have multiple system drives, you might see that here, but that's fairly unusual. So, I've got the one drive here, I'll hit Install. I'll need to type in my administrator password for this computer, this is the password that you set up when you first set up your computer for the first time. I'll hit OK. And now, it's gonna go through the installation process.
During this installation, your computer will restart, and even while the computer's restarting, it'll probably go through some processes there, so you'll just have to give the computer some time. Generally, you'll see a status bar on the screen telling you how long each step is going to take. So now my computer is ready to restart. If I was not sitting here, it would go ahead and count down from 30 and restart, or you can always just hit this Restart button, if you want it to go ahead and restart now.
Since there are other applications running, it's gonna ask me to close those other applications, or I can just hit this button and it will close those other applications for me, and now it will go ahead and restart and continue on the installation process. So now the installation process is finished, my computer's rebooted, and here I am at the standard login screen. So I'll type in my password for my computer, and press return to log in. From here, if you have not already signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID, you'll be prompted to do that here.
The Apple ID is important for iCloud, but also for the iTunes Store, the Messages App, and FaceTime. We'll talk all about this later in the course, so for now, I'm going to choose to not sign in. You may want to go ahead and sign in to save time later. It's really up to you. I'll choose to not sign in, and I'll hit Continue. I'm gonna go ahead and confirm this. Then you'll probably see a quick question like this. Every now and then, if there's problems with the applications installed on your computer, and they crash, Yosemite has the ability to send a crash report to Apple and to the developers to help them fix those problems in the apps.
So I usually choose to leave this option enabled to share this crash data with developers, and then I hit Continue. So now it's going through a little bit of final setup, and now I'm all started up in my new install of OS X Yosemite. I'm gonna go ahead and quit the App Store, and now I can see some visual changes that have already taken place, the wallpaper has changed, of course, the Dock has changed, but I want to go into my System Menu, click on About This Mac, and now I can see that I'm running Version 10.10, so now I've successfully upgraded to Yosemite, and we're ready to go, learning all about Yosemite through the rest of this course.
- Installing and running Mac OS X 10.10 for the first time
- Organizing your desktop
- Browsing file folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
- Using Dashboard Widgets and Mission Control
- Saving and searching
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Communicating with iMessage and FaceTime
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, and Maps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Sharing over a network
- Backing up and restoring Mac OS X 10.10