Getting Set Up with Setup Assistant

Assuming that your installation (or reinstallation) process goes well and your Mac restarts itself, the next thing you should see (and hear) is a short, colorful movie that ends by transforming into the first Setup Assistant screen (Apple Assistants such as this are like wizards in Windows, only smarter), fetchingly named Welcome.

To tiptoe through the Setup Assistant, follow these steps:

1. When the Welcome screen appears, choose your country from the list by clicking it once, and then click the Continue button.

If your country doesn’t appear in the list, select the Show All check box, which causes a bunch of additional countries to appear.

After you click Continue, the Select Your Keyboard screen appears.

2. Choose a keyboard layout from the list by clicking it once; then click Continue.

If you’re an American (or want to use an American keyboard setup), click the U.S. listing. If you prefer a different country’s keyboard layout, select the Show All check box, and a bunch of additional countries’ keyboards (as well as a pair of Dvorak keyboard layouts) appear in the list. Choose the one you prefer by clicking it — and then click Continue.

The Select a Wireless Network screen appears.

3. Click the name of the wireless network you use to connect to the Internet; then click Continue.

If you don’t see the network you want to use, click Rescan. If you don’t use a wireless network, click Other Network Setup, and then choose one of the available ...

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