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Make the switch from PC to Mac
Congratulations on your wise decision to make the switch to Mac. This is a relatively painless process so long as your Windows machine runs Windows XP or newer, so sit back, relax, and let's get this done.

Begin by updating your Windows machine to XP if you have not yet done so.

Once that is done, connect both machines to the same network (WiFi, Ethernet, or otherwise), then use a Checkdisk utility on the PC to ensure the Windows drive has no known issues.

To access Checkdisk, Select Start > Run, then type cmd at the prompt and click Enter. If any problems are reported, type chkdsk drive: /F, where drive is the name of your Startup Disk. Type Y, then restart your PC. Repeat as needed until no errors are reported. If excessive errors are being reported, try servicing your PC prior to migration.

Should Windows Migration Assistant be unable to open on the PC at all, try turning off your antivirus software.

Migrate your data

When you are finally ready to begin the migration, download and install Windows Migration Assistant, quit any open Windows apps, and open the Migration Assistant.

Click Continue to proceed, then start up your new Mac. Setup Assistant will open automatically to help you through this process. Follow the prompts until you see a window that includes an option to migrate From a Windows PC. Select that option, then fill in your new administrator info where prompted. Select Continue.

Once your Mac shows the id for your PC, ensure that both devices show the same numeric passcode. When they do, click Continue on both machines.

When prompted, select whichever data you wish to transfer to your Mac. When the transfer process is complete, close the Windows Migration Assistant.

Log into your user account on your new Mac, choosing a strong password. You will also need to authorize your new Mac with iTunes.

Troubleshooting your data migration issues

Close all open Windows apps.

Press Alt-Tab to select an open application, then press Alt-F4 to quit the selected application.

Is it plugged in?

You should see your PC in the Windows Migration Assistant. Otherwise, check that both devices are on the same network, and also that they are physically connected to each other via USB or other cable.

Is your antivirus software denying your Mac?

Turn off your antivirus prior to beginning the migration, then open the Windows Migration Assistant. You can turn it on again the moment migration is complete.

Is your PC incompatible with your Mac?

If there is a basic incompatibility, try making a backup of your PC, then manually migrating that backup data to your Mac. Please be aware that not all Windows files may be able to be migrated to your Mac. You will discover these as the migration proceeds.


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