• Extensions and Control Panels can often cause problems; because of this they can be disabled easily during startup. After the "Happy Mac" appears, holding down the key will prevent the system from loading the control panels and extensions. The startup dialog will indicate this by saying "Extensions Disabled".
  • Once the Control Panels have been loaded, the system loads the Finder. The Finder is an application like any other Mac application, but it is central to the operating system. The Finder is the application with which you interact with the operating system; you use it to find, open, copy, move, and delete files. It is also the application that you use to open Control Panels and Desk Accessories, restart and shut down the computer, and unmount storage devices. The first thing the finder does is mount any storage devices that are connected to the computer and check their desktop files. If the desktop files are outdated or if the and
  • Immediately after the Finder loads, the mac opens any files that are in the "Startup Items" folder. Applications, files, folders, and aliases can be kept here if the user wants them to be opened every time the mac is turned on. If the user does not want the startup items to be loaded, they can be bypassed by holding down the shift key immediatley after the Finder loads. Some applications (like "Stickies") load and then switch themselves into the background, leaving the Finder as the active application. Other aplications will not. Once all the Startup Items have loaded, the mac has finished the startup process.