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Chapter 2. The Classic Environment > Starting Your Computer with Mac OS 9.x

Starting Your Computer with Mac OS 9.x

If you plan to do a lot of work with Classic applications, you may want to start your computer with Mac OS 9.x and work without using Mac OS X at all. You can do this by selecting your Mac OS 9.x System Folder as the startup “disk” and restarting your computer.

Tips

  • You may find that Classic applications—especially large and complex ones such as PageMaker or FrameMaker—work a bit better when you start with Mac OS 9.x.

  • If you start your computer from Mac OS 9.x, you cannot use Mac OS X features and applications. You must restart with Mac OS X to use Mac OS X.

  • All the differences discussed on the previous two pages apply when you start your computer from Mac OS 9.x except compatibility issues—all Mac OS 9.x applications will work on your computer when you start with Mac OS 9.x, even those that are not compatible with the Classic environment.

  • If you think you’ll be using Mac OS 9.x often and want more information, consider picking up a copy of Mac OS 9.1: Visual QuickStart Guide, which covers Mac OS 9.1 in detail.

  • Days before I wrote this in autumn 2002, Apple Computer, Inc. announced that future Mac OS computers may not be able to start from Mac OS 9.x.



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