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Starting Up Mac OS X

As you learned in Chapter 1, Mac OS X is truly a multiuser operating system. This offers many benefits to you, but it also means that when you use the OS, you have to log in as a particular user. When you do so, what you can see and do depends on the settings for the account that you use to log on to the system.

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When you first start up Mac OS X after installing it, it uses the automatic login mode because there is only one user account created for it. This means that you are logged into the Administrator account automatically and so you might not even realize that you have logged in. After your Mac starts up, the desktop appears as it has under previous versions of the OS. However, the machine has gone through the login process—it just entered all the required information for you automatically.



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