Is setting it up a pain?


macrumors member
Original poster
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?

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.

Bernard SG

macrumors 65816
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...


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)


macrumors 68040
Dec 5, 2009
installing microsoft office, transferring apps
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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