Is setting it up a pain?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Appler8, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Appler8 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    Is setting up a new MBP (installing microsoft office, transferring apps and songs and movies) a pain or time consuming? Is it a fairly quick, simple process?
  2. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Coming from a Mac or PC?
    I wouldn't say painless. It's not terrible. But it does take time and is not a simple process. Could be worse.
  3. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    From Mac to Mac: time-consuming (proportionally to the quantity of data to transfer) but very simple, using migration assistant.

    From PC to Mac: no idea...
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    you have to figure out how much data you want/have to transfer. If it's several hundreds of GB, it will take a while, and you should use the fastest available connection (firewire to firewire maybe? Of course an external thunderbolt would be perfect, but who has that)
  5. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    transfering data works just fine and simple. It takes as long as it takes to copy the stuff physically.
    transfering apps basically means installing them, because no Windows app just runs on OSX. It is not any more and not really any less work than on Windows. Installing on OSX usually requires less "next" clicking but otherwise you still have to download installer packages. You still have to let the install routine run its work or let it unpack the packages.
    It is less clicking but takes about as much time as on OSX unless it takes you very long to find OSX versions of your apps or getting hold of the installer packages.

    I don't recommend Office for Mac (2008, 2011). It sucks I still write my papers and stuff in a VM on Office 2010, because the Mac versions lack features, have a bad gui, and are really slow.
    For small stuff that isn't worth launching a Windows VM just install Open Office or LibreOffice. Office for Mac is a waste of money and if you already got a Office 2007 or 2010 license keep it and use it in a VM in Unity mode. Trust me that works much better.

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