When the Mac “comes to” after a basic installation, the first thing you experience is some jazzy music (a new theme for Panther), and the towering, gleaming X of the Panther logo. Then, once Apple has quite finished showing off its multimedia prowess, you arrive at a Welcome screen.
Once again, you’re in for a click-through-the-screens experience, this time with the aim of setting up your Mac’s various settings. After answering the questions on each screen, click Continue.
The number and sequence of information screens you’ll encounter depend on whether you’ve upgraded an existing Mac or started fresh, but here are some of the possibilities:
Welcome. Click the name of the country you’re in.
Personalize Your Settings. Click the name of the country you’re in—or, more specifically, the country whose keyboard layout is the one you’re used to. (Believe it or not, the “standard” computer keyboard isn’t standard from country to country.)
Your Apple ID. Here, you’re offered the chance to type in, or create, an Apple ID—which is your email address. An Apple ID doesn’t cost anything, but it makes life easier if you want to buy songs from the Apple Music Store, order gift books or prints from iPhoto, and so on. (If you have a .Mac account—see Section 18.9—put that account info here.) And if you’d rather not bother with any of this, click “Don’t create an Apple ID for me.”
Registration Information. This is your chance to become a grain of sand on the great beach of the Apple ...