Usually referring to the startup process of a device or computer from an initial "cold" state rather than sleep or hibernation.

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How can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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How do I disable or get rid of the startup sound my Mac makes?

Everytime I turn on my Macbook Pro it makes a start up noise. This is annoying since there is no volume or ability to turn it off. I just don't want the sound to play at all. How do I disable this ...
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Can't boot Mac, only shows a Folder with a Question Mark?

How do I start up a Mac when all it shows is a Folder with a Question Mark, even with a DVD in the drive? Image courtesy of Loïc Wolff
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How can I control (start/stop) applications and services that start up after reboot?

I have a Mac that is slow when using the internet, but other PCs on the same connection aren't as slow. I suspect there are too many AV scanners running concurrently, or there is some process that ...
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What should you do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving wheel?

What to do if your OS X system fails to boot, being stuck at gray screen with the moving-wheel? The system boots from recovery partition, it does check the partition but it will not boot.
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Unwanted programs at startup

How do I turn off the background functions at startup (in my case, Creative Cloud, Evernote, Dropbox, et cetera) that cause my OSX hard drive to run hot, so that they don't cause this problem in the ...
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Disable Services in OSX (services.msc)

Is there a Services.msc or ntsysv utility for OSX? I just want to harden my OSX by disabling any unwanted service and it's ports.
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Managing and removing startup processes on OSX Lion

My Startup Items for my username (i am admin) shows only dropbox - yet a look at my processes (in activity monitor) shows other helper processes from Adobe, Lexmark, etc, etc. Where can I see and ...
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Disabling startup items that run despite being unchecked on the “login items” list

I have a number of (background) programs that startup automatically on login even though they have been disabled (unchecked) on the Login Items pane of the Users & Groups System Preferences. ...
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How to control order of startup items for users at login?

I have seen a few applications with mixed reviews that will allow a user to change the order of startup items. I would simply prefer the "bare metal" method and stick to using the shell or the Open ...
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Why does it take so long to load the login items with “reopen when logging back in” enabled?

With OSX Lion 10.7 Apple has introduced resume: Restore the state of the computer when shut down. Reopen the used windows of applications. While both are quite useful, the option to "reopen ...
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iCloud password prompt on OS X Yosemite startup

Whenever my MacBook Air starts up from shutdown (or on restart), once the Finder has started, it prompts me for my iCloud password, like this: As you can see there is no title or anything to ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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Some keyboard keys are not working on login to Yosemite

The problem is that every time I start my MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011, some of the (native) keyboard keys stop working. However, if I click a restart button - it is all fine. It is definitely not a ...
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(Resolved) MacBook Air boots to strange screen showing Magic Mouse and TrackPad

Resolution : That's a hardware problem : One connector of the trackpad cable is get rusty. I bought a new cable and replaced the old one. Everything work perfectly now : Problem : I left the ...
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Startup disk has no more space available for application memory?

I purchased a new Macbook Pro (8,3) last April, and have been using it heavily for xcode development, and little else. This morning a message popped up: "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space ...
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Always prompt for Boot Device on Startup?

I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen. Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I ...
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MySQL does not start on startup

In the System Preferences panel, I have the MySQL there. I chose it to start up every time my Mac starts up, however this doesn't work, I have restarted MySQL many times, but it will not start up ...
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What causes the pop-up “To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment”

On OSX Yosemite an annoying pop-up comes up quite often saying: To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment I know the solution is to install java; however I'm ...
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2008 MacBook Pro Blinking Folder icon

I have a friend with a ~2008 MBPro which has seemingly hit the hay. I'm not 100% it's 2008, but I think so. It has magnetic power cord--the square one. Anyway, as soon as it turns on, there is the ...
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What's the startup/reboot time for iPad (3rd generation) compared to other iOS devices?

I'd like to know, in people's personal experience so far, about how long the new iPad takes to start up (in seconds), especially when compared with other devices running iOS. For the purposes of ...
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Auto-launch apps at iDevice startup

In another question I asked, Graeme suggested using alternatives like Skype instead of FaceTime for its support for audio-only calls. Skype has the advantage of being cross-platform, but is there a ...
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MacBookPro10,1 had problems booting, now some system images are pink and fuzzy

A friend just recently bought a MacBookPro10,1 (MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012) off of craigslist, it all checked out and worked fine until we erased the hard drive and reinstalled Mavericks (...
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MacBook Hangs on Boot at seemingly different stages each time

Our Macbook hangs on startup and doesn't boot into the desktop environment. The most notable problem is that the Macbook doesn't make the usual startup sound when we boot up. It doesn't make any ...