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I acquired a 21.5" iMac with Ver 10.5.8 software but with no additional disks. I want to be able to back up and have a startup disk similar to my Windows machine. I have never used a Mac before. How do I proceed?
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G'day and welcome to the forums.

Go to auction sites such as eBay and look for a Leopard OS X.5 full retail install DVD. Make sure it is a black disc and not a silver/grey system disc which will work only with the model computer it came with. Expect to pay in the vicinity of $100, or even more.

Even better purchase Snow Leopard OS X.6 from the Apple store or online, install and update to OS X.6.8, and later this week purchase as a download the new release OS X.7. The model iMac you describe are 2009, 2010 or 2011 models and all are Intel. These will cost you $29 each, and the Snow Leopard disc will be a boot disc.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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The best thing to do would be to get snow leopard and then you can upgrade to lion if your machine is supported.
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Is that an echo?

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Even better purchase Snow Leopard OS X.6 from the Apple store or online, install and update to OS X.6.8, and later this week purchase as a download the new release OS X.7. The model iMac you describe are 2009, 2010 or 2011 models and all are Intel. These will cost you $29 each, and the Snow Leopard disc will be a boot disc.
Just another echo here.

I would personally go with Harry's second suggestion I quoted above. Leopard discs can be hard to find or they are just too expensive. Leopard functions and looks close enough to Snow Leopard that you don't have to learn anything new. Jumping from Tiger to Snow Leopard would be a more drastic jump. I also much prefer Snow Leopard and you might feel the same. That's another reason to upgrade.
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I went with installing Snow Leopard. I purchased the game Asphalt 6 for my Grandson. I added him as a restricted user but the game only shows up on the Administrators account.
How do I allow him to play the game?
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I'm not sure, but I doubt the game runs in Admin-only, so I can only guess that your restrictions are too restrictive. Make sure the game is in the Applications folder and no-where else.
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