Questions tagged [startup]

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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Triple boot macOS High Sierra, Ubuntu, and Windows without rEFInd

I currently have three OSes installed on my 2017 MacBook Air: macOS, Ubuntu, and Windows 10. I couldn't boot into Ubuntu without rEFInd, but I strongly prefer the default boot manager, because I want ...
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MacBook Air boots to strange screen showing Magic Mouse and TrackPad

Problem : I left the MacBook to be idle for a while and its keyboard and trackpad became non-responsive. I shut it down and restart 3 times (using the power button), and the MacBook now goes to a ...
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Is it possible to install an old version of Mac OS on a new Mac?

I know that Apple doesn't want me to run a version of Mac OS older than the one my Mac came with, but is there a way around this? For example: if I buy a new Retina MacBook Pro, is there a way to run ...
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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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"No administrator was found" in Startup Security Utility

My friend got a new MacBook Pro from office, later on he resigned and in a hurry erased the "Macintosh HD", now we are trying to install Mojave using Bootable USB but it won't allow because "External ...
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iMac doesn‘t start up

My iMac doesn’t start up. The loading bar doesn’t fill up and then, after 10 minutes or so, it shuts down. I tried to get in the recovery mode, but there is the Macintosh HD drive grey and it says „...
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How to prevent app from auto starting

I know there are Login Items under Users & Groups and /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons under Library, System/Library and Users/FooUser/Library. And then there's right click on Dock ...
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MacBook display has vertical black and white lines on startup

My MackBook, on startup, its showing the following: They are just a bunch of vertical black and white lines, and it gets stuck there. What could be the problem?
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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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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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No startup / boot chime; how to bring it back?

I'm one of the lucky (?) guys who managed to get a new MacBook Pro 2016 (the version that introduced the Touch Bar). This MBP model does not have a boot chime by default. There are documented ways ...
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How to stop Setup Assistant from showing up on every restart on Mac Mini with OS X Mavericks?

My Mac Mini is new. I'm not sure if this issue was already there before installing Server.app. Unsusual things happen with the system on EVERY RESTART: Messages Agent ask permission to use keychain to ...
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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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On lid open Macbook Pro 2016 boots automatically - after turning off I need to juggle 10 seconds with the touch id power button to boot

I have the late 2015 (15 inch) MacBook Pro. By default it turns on when laptop lid is open. This is not good for me, sometimes I open the lid on weak battery to make sure it's not turned on, so I ...
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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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OSX Boot drive selection screen is slow, un-responsive and takes forever to load in Macbook Pro (early 2015)

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" (Early 2015) and I have a bootcamp partition with Windows 10 installed in it. Also, there is an Ubuntu Linux on another partition, so it’s a triple boot computer. I’m ...
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Problem cloning the startup disk of a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

Before putting my question in detail, see Problem section below, I'd like to sketch the context in which it appears. Hardware-Software-Environment MacBook Pro Early 2015 running OS X 10.11.6 El ...
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Where to find app which opens on startup, but it's not in Users & Groups?

I've this annoying application popping up on startup (called ZipCloud) which seems to be installed without my knowledge (along with other app) and I wanted to get rid of it. I understand I can ...
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AppleScript at Startup and specific time

I'm trying to run a startup AppleScript, and a AppleScript which run at a set time (I hate the automator / calendar approach) on idle set currentTime to current date if the weekday of ...
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Finally reinstalled macOS Sierra, but now I get a kernel panic

I got stuck in an endless loop trying to reinstall macOS Sierra but after following Monomeeth's advice in this question: Stuck in endless macOS Sierra installation loop I was able to get it installed. ...
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How to stop skype from automatically starting?

After installing skype it will always start whenever I login. I'd rather it didn't do that. How do I stop Skype from automatically starting?
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I need a list of MacOS app startup locations

A year or so ago, I set up (under Sierra) a shell script I wrote to launch automatically using the conditions that it required "network availability" and was to trigger on external drive mounting by ...
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High Temp at Startup after Upgrading to High Sierra

After upgrading to High Sierra (I have clean installed it), my mac (Macbook Pro 2010) needs unreasonably longer time to login. As a result, I have noticed that the temperature increases to around 100 ...
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What are the differences between LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons?

On macOS 10.12.5, I only see LaunchAgents in the Users Library directory. Are the agents only invoked if a user is logged in? /Library/LaunchAgents/ /Library/LaunchDaemons/ /System/Library/...
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Stop Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client from starting up automatically

So I am currently running: OS X 10.10.5 Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.1.04011 I boot up my laptop and AnyConnect is running. I go into Preferences...Users & Groups and remove /...
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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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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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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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Where are bash profile startup files?

I know that you can have a .profile or .bashrc file in your home folder to customise Mac OS X 10.6.4 Terminal bash startup. Every time I start up Terminal, there is a line that tells me "You've got ...
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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 identify ...
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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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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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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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Why do some Login Items insist on displaying at startup, despite being set to "Hide"?

Under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, I have a number of applications that are set to launch on system startup. Some of these, despite being marked to "Hide" on startup, insist ...
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Problem with startup `rc.local` script

Until OS X 10.9 I could also run Bootcamp within Virtualbox (through a .vmdk file). In order to do this, I needed to unmount the Bootcamp partition after changing the permissions during the OS X ...
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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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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 at ...
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How do I find the Apple startup chime/sounds on my computer?

How do I find the Apple startup chime/sounds on my computer? I know there has to be someway for it to be stored, but I'd just like to be able to access the file/raw binary...
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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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Where do Macs from before 2011 store their recovery and startup disk menu?

To give some background, the reason I want to know this information is because, I recently bought a brand new SSD to place into a 2009 Mac mini, where I want to install Kubuntu. I know that PCs store ...
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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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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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Loading bar stuck at the very end after entering login credentials

Stuck on the above screen for over 30 mins. I’ve tried restarting and rebooting after shutting down - and I get the same result. This is on a MacBook Pro running Mac OS Mojave. update 1 - I’ve ...
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Spotify automatic startup mystery [duplicate]

Trying to get rid of Spotify's startup at login time I found an interesting behavior: while its plists are not present in any of the known locations such as Library/LaunchAgents and Library/...
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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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Macpro 5,1 mid 2010 cannot boot to Mojave from Mountain Lion?

I have two work-flows, one uses Mountain Lion, the other uses Mojave. So ideally I would like to be able to easily switch between the two boot drives I have whenever I need to. When I have booted ...
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Silencing the Memory slot utility

I recently upgraded my Mac Pro with 24Gb of ram, quite the nice feeling. When I booted up the system again, I got this message : Quite nice I thought, seems the memory is working as it should. And ...
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