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Starting Your Computer with Mac OS 9

Starting Your Computer with Mac OS 9

Using Classic mode doesn't actually use Mac OS 9, Mac OS X simulates it, so working with hardware devices typically creates problems. Instead of using Classic mode, you can avoid these problems and start your computer in Mac OS 9, the real thing. You can use the Startup Disk pane in System Preferences to set Mac OS 9 as your startup disk. When you restart your computer, Mac OS 9 starts. In Mac OS 9, you need to use the Startup Disk control panel in the Apple menu to switch back to your Mac OS X startup disk and use Mac OS X features. If Mac OS 9 is not available in the Startup Disk preference pane, your computer only starts in Mac OS X, which happens on some newer computers (typically 2003 or later). In that case, you can use the Classic environment instead.

Restart with Mac OS 9

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Startup Disk icon.

Click the Mac OS 9 icon system folder you want to use as the startup disk.

An alert message appears, asking for confirmation.

Click Restart, and then click Restart again as confirmation.

TIMESAVER Hold down the Option key while you restart your computer, select a startup disk, and then click Restart.


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