1. Start on the Right Foot

Whether you’ve just unpacked a shiny new Mac or you’re hoping to get an older machine into shape, your first step should be to perform some initial cleanup and preparation tasks. These steps will help your Mac run better right now, and will make ongoing maintenance tasks easier.

Install the Latest Version of Mac OS X

If your Mac is already running the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X, good for you! Skip to the next section. If not, your first step should be to upgrade.

Every release of Mac OS X includes dozens if not hundreds of bug fixes that prevent crashes or other errors and that patch holes that ne’er-do-wells might use to damage or gain access to your system. That fact alone is reason enough to keep up ...

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