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sglee asked
  I am interested in learning iMac as to how to troubleshoot/manage iMac computers.
  With that I have specific questions as to how I do the following things in iMac like I do in PCs.
  (1) Add/Remove Program
  (2) MSconfig to check Services/Startup Tabs
  (3) Registry like HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  (4) My Computer\C drive\Properties\Tools tab\[Check Now] button
  (5) sfc /scannow
  (6) Command Window to run commands like IPCONFIG, Net Use
  (7) Network Adpater and Domain/Workgroup

Any other tips you can provide, I would appreciate it.
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1. Some Mac programs come with uninstallers. Otherwise, just drag the App to the trash and empty the trash.
2. There is no Mac equivalent to MSConfig
3. Macs don't have a registry. That sort of information is stored in individual files call plist files in the /library/preferences folder or the /users/username/library/preferences folder
4. Right click on the hard drive icon in finder and choose "Get Info" from the contextual popup.
5. There is no Mac equivalent to Scannow. However, Disk Utility, found in /applications/utilities will check for disk directory corruption.
6. The equivalent of the Command Window is Terminal, found in /applications/utilities. However, the command line commands for terminal are Unix commands which differ from Windows commands. See:




7. Check the "Network Utility" found in /system/library/core services/applications

There is also a wealth of diagnostic tools in the /applications/utilities folder, for instance:

Activity Monitor (similar to Task Manager)
Airport Utility (for managing Apple Airport and Time Capsules)
Bonjour Browser (for managing the Mac equivalent of UPNP)
Console (for reading logs - sort of like Event Manager)
Disk Utility (for formatting and repairing drives)
Migration Assistant (for moving data, apps and prefs from an old drive to a new one)
Terminal (for running command lines)

Also, you can get full system information by pulling down the Apple Menu to About This Mac, and hitting More Info, the System Information.

Finally Macs come with a built in incremental backup program called Time Machine which works much like Windows Server shadow copies.


Thank you.