Just bought new iMac Intel - Some questions from a windows switcher...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wpwj40e, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. wpwj40e macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    Hi all from a new mac user(or soon to be!),

    Bought a mini (updated one) for my parents over the holidays and was wanting one for me. Like everyone else - held out until MacWorld. No mini and the iMAC looked really nice...so made the leap.

    Excuse the noob questions - but my only exposure to mac has been the mini and an ipod as a xmas gift....Now for some questions.. BTW - I got the iMAC 20 with 256 VRAM/2 GIG RAM/MODEM/500G HD - still cheaper than the dell xps believe it or not!(Although the dell did have better cpu specs - but it was windows and i have played with media center and hated it)

    WIll the apple apps run natively on the iMAC or will they be running under Rosetta?

    Can i move my itunes library over to the new imac from my current windows pc?

    Can i update my ipod(manually - i know) from both my windows machine and the imac?

    Can i move all my files over, vobs, docs etc. All created with windows apps?

    Am so excited i cannot stand it. This is my first pc purchase(not including kids who build theirs!) for me in about 4 years. Although my machine is decent - I HATE windows and all the yuck that comes with it and really became enamored with Tiger by playing around with the mini for my parents. Everything was just so easy and worked!

    Thanks for any help!!!
  2. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004

    All the apps that come with the iMac (excepting third party trials like Quicken and Office if they come with it) will run natively I believe.

    Apps you have purchased may not.

    I think so, but don't ask me how.

    yep! As long as they aren't executables, they're not tied to a platform. If you have the appropriate program to open them (Word for .doc, for example) they should run.

    You're welcome, good to have you here! :)
  3. hulugu macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    quae tangit perit Trump

    Congratulations, first off, on taking the plunge.

    Second, you can use your iPod between both the Windows box and the iMac, but you'll need to make a quick change. When you connect the iPod to the iMac, wait for it to finish syncing and then hit the little iPod button down at the lower right of the iTunes window. This will bring up iPod preferences. You should deselect autosync and this will allow the iPod to connect to both, however the iPod will not automatically sync playlists and music from either machine. To do this, you'll need to pick a machine for the music to reside on and the iPod to connect to. You could always stream everything to the PC, instead.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Now that OS X/x86 is really real, even some .exes should be able to run soon thanks to projects like Darwine http://darwine.opendarwin.org/ and Crossover Office http://www.codeweavers.com.

  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
  6. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Actually, it doesn't. The Dell XPS are dual core P4s. You can compare the approximate CPU performance by multiplying the Intel Core Duo clock speed by 1.5 (probably should be more - the new Intels are supposedly 10-20% faster than the Pentium-Ms), so the 2GHz iMac should perform about the same as a dual core 3GHz P4. The lowest spec XPS (with dual core 2.8GHz P4) is not as fast (theoretically, I should add), and those with 3 GHz and 3.2 GHz dual core P4s are more expensive. And they run a lot hotter.

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