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pahanorlando

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hello, I brought a macbook and unfortunately I didn't like the software (mac os x), so I want to also put in there windows xp pro, can you tell me how? and what are the ways? thanks
 

Porco

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I do suggest you give OS X a decent go though, without knowing exactly why you don't like it you might find you grow to like it more than Windows over time, even if its differences seem strange to you at first.
 

pahanorlando

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so you all think that mac os better?
also, just wondering, how do you hide files? (like in windows) , or can you password protect them or password protect some folders?
 

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pahanorlando said:
so you all think that mac os better?
also, just wondering, how do you hide files? (like in windows) , or can you password protect them or password protect some folders?
I think you'll find most people here prefer Mac OS X to Windows, since it is a Mac forum.

I don't know if you can hide files or password protect folders without a 3rd party application.

arn
 

FadeToBlack

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pahanorlando said:
so you all think that mac os better?
also, just wondering, how do you hide files? (like in windows) , or can you password protect them or password protect some folders?
You can use Disk Utility (in your applications/utilities folder) to make encrypted disk images. Just open it up and click "New Image" and you'll see the option to encrypt it. I'll attach a pic of this to show you what I'm talking about. I'd say that's probably your best bet without downloading a third-party application.

I'll echo what others have said and tell you to give OS X another chance. Just spend a couple of weeks working with it and learn more about it and I figure you'll like it a lot more than Windows.
 

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pahanorlando

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FadeToBlack said:
You can use Disk Utility (in your applications/utilities folder) to make encrypted disk images. Just open it up and click "New Image" and you'll see the option to encrypt it. I'll attach a pic of this to show you what I'm talking about. I'd say that's probably your best bet without downloading a third-party application.

I'll echo what others have said and tell you to give OS X another chance. Just spend a couple of weeks working with it and learn more about it and I figure you'll like it a lot more than Windows.
encrypt means password protect it?
 

kalisphoenix

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You mean hide folders from other peoples' accounts, or hide them from people that might be on your account?

If it's the former, simply setting the correct permissions will be fine -- ask and ye shall receive instruction. If it's the latter, well, that's a bit less simple. If you rename a folder to have a period as its first letter (you can't do this in Finder for this very reason), then even you can't see it.

That would be done by opening up Finder, clicking on the "Applications" icon on the left side, then clicking "Utilities" and then "Terminal." Then type
Code:
mv MyFolder/ .MyFolder/
assuming that MyFolder is in your home directory. If it's not, you're going to have to <cd> (change directory, in Unix-speak) to the appropriate location and then repeat the command.

(whew -- it's much easier to talk someone through something like this over AIM)

But yeah, OS X is extremely different from Windows... if you're only used to MS operating systems, it's going to take you a couple days at least to understand how to get things done. I was lucky because I was a Linux user before I switched, so it only took me a few hours to find the rapture of it all.