First things you do with a new Mac

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  1. Vick77 macrumors member

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    Hi, I'm interested in what the first things people do once they unbox their new mac. Like a list of things such as deleting drivers to free up more HDD space, or even simple things like changing your background.

    I've only ever done this process once but I'm sure those of us who have had more than one mac, will be familiar with this process.

    Thanks.
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Along with unnecessary printer drivers, I get rid of all of the language packs I won't be needing. I keep French and English, and that's it.
     
  3. priller macrumors regular

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    First thing I did was reinstall osx without all the stuff I don't need, printer drives, languages, ilife, garageband etc.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    This is what i would do (just the main stuff).

    1. change preferences like mouse speed, icon size, dock size
    2. network settings for Airport, LAN and file sharing.
    3. copy over documents, movies, photos, music etc. and set up iTunes and iPhoto
    3. install essential apps and set preferences
    4. run Oynx
    5. Time Machine backup

    i dont install extra languages, printer drivers and Garageband loops which take up most of the space when installing OS X. if i was to buy a new Mac i would probably reinstall OS X and remove them.

    essential apps for me are 1Password, Adium, Coversutra, Firefox, Flip4Mac, Frostwire, Handbrake, iStat Menus, iWork, Onyx, Perian, smcFanControl, The Unarchiver and VLC.
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I delete all of the stupid Apple apps. iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb come to mind.
     
  6. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    I set the dock to how I wanted it and then set up time machine:)
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Download all the apps I use a lot, transfer my iTunes library, and download and apply a few OS interface mods.
     
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  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Use Migration Assistant so that I don't have to do anything but wait for my stuff to transfer.
     
  10. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    If buying new or it comes in org. box
    1. Take unboxing photos
    2. install hardware upgrades
    3. Boot it up
    4. calibrate battery
    5. transfer stuff
    6. set up dock
    7. install software mods
    8. set up /bin folder
    9. Post unboxing photos on internet and stuff about it
    If used without org box
    1. Take out of box
    2. install hardware upgrades
    3. Boot it up
    4. calibrate battery/replace battery
    5. transfer stuff
    6. set up dock
    7. install software mods
    8. set up /bin folder
    9. post about it on website / MR
     
  11. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    dammit! That is what i should've done. Maybe i will lol.
     
  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Bingo. OS elements like that can be added later on if I need them, but they can't be removed.

    Then I install Quicksilver. After that, my Mac is usable. :cool:
     
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