1st iMac is in the mail - configuration tips?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SJK123, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. SJK123 macrumors member

    May 4, 2006
    Last week I order a 17” (refurbished from Apple with Apple Care) iMac for my family. We are all switching from a PC. I am hoping that the transition will be somewhat painless as my whole family will be looking to me for the answers as they work with the new system. The problem is I am pretty clueless when it comes to Macs and OS X. Can some of you give me some important / general configuration tips or lead me to some good articles that will save me from newbie type mistakes?
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
  3. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
  4. SJK123 thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2006
    Thanks. I am not really looking for manuals and guides. I know Apple has a pretty good web site and I am fairly decent with computers. I am looking more for configuration tips like should I set up an adminsitrator account and then seperate accounts for each family member (i know yes), how do you configure your systems for multiple mail and iPod accounts, do you install all programs in the Administrator account, what types of programs and files are good to keep on the dock, any security tips, etc... I guess I am looking less for beginners "how to" guide and more for a guide that gives specific system configuration advice.
  5. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

    May 31, 2006
    i would look into reinstalling the OS from the disc right out of the gate and to get rid of programs and other stuff you'll never use. this can free up a lot of HD space that might be valuable in the future. this way you won't have to back anything up

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