Migrating to Windows or Linux

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BenniG, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. BenniG, Jul 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012

    BenniG macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012

    there are heaps of informations about migrating from Windows to Mac, a few migrating from Linux to Mac.
    Are there any good sites about migrating from Mac to Win.
    I am interested in
    - iphoto library, can a windows program import the mediathek?
    - itunes, can I transfer my songs (most of them imported as mp3 from CDs) via the backup ?
    - Can a windows PC mount into the mac OSX file system to copy the files or is it better the Mac mounts the Windows PC ?

    Maybe someone can invite Mr. Cook from Apple Telephone Company:apple: to join this as an apple representative...
  2. Atisha macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Thanks for the post, I would like to know as well.

    I guess Norton is the first thing on my list. I'll keep the 2007 Mac Pro around for a while anyway in case I need Final Cut Pro for old projects/clients.

    I imagine moving mp3s will be the easiest transition with iTunes on Windows, with photos being a close second.
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Scythe5 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Dude, seriously....avoid Norton and McAfee like the plague. Avast, NOD32, BitDefender are all better rated and don't eat up as many resources. If interested, Adobe Premier Pro is probably is probably what you want to look at to replace FCP.

    To the OP:

    1. Not sure what you are asking. If you are asking if your camera will send your photos to your computer....YES.

    2. iTunes. Install the windows version, sign in. You'll have to authorize the PC and then you can download all your purchased music. CD's that you've imported will have to be transferred.

    3. Read this: http://lifehacker.com/247541/how-to-access-a-macs-files-on-your-pc You could also just create a ftp server and transfer the files that way (goes for the mp3's too).
  5. BenniG thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012

    I mean all my pictures in the iphoto lib.
  6. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I have used norton, Avast, Avira, AVG and a few others. Microsoft Security Essentials is by far the best. You set it up, forget about it and never have to see it again.
  7. Scythe5 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    I really hope you are kidding. :eek:

    It's slow, it doesn't detect some malware, it doesn't clean up everything, etc. etc. etc.

    If you are a gambling man, by all means use it. If not, you may want to consider using something else. Having said that, it's better than nothing, but there are better no cost products out there IMHO.
  8. Bensalama21 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    May I asked what caused you to switch to Windows? Just curious.
  9. bluewooster macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2007
    I know my experience may not be the norm but I've always owned PCs (from my first 8086 - sniff) and I've always simply bought the cheapest unit I could find - I've owned Dells, HP, ASUS, Acer, and emachines and I've never had a problem that would warrant returning a unit. The bloatware is annoying so I simply reinstall the OS. Further, I never used virus protection as I've hated every single type I've tried. I can't say that I've ever "been infected" before but if the computer seems to be running poorly or sluggishly, I reinstall the OS (every 18 months on average I'd guess).

    This has worked well for me for some time and I'm always surprised to hear the vitriol against Windows and Viruses. I honestly can't say I've had a negative experience. I suppose I may change my tune if I get burned badly though.

    However, I guess the one big caveat is that I've never bought a high end machine. If I were to spend $2000 on a computer I suspect that my expectations might be higher. While I've never owned a high end Mac (still waiting to buy one!), aesthetically, they are quite far ahead of any of the PC vendors. To be honest, if I'm gonna spend >$2000 for a computer, I want something "nicer" than the typical tower and cable mess I usually have under my desk. But if power is your goal, you may have no choice. The new 27 inch all in one from Dell looks nice?
  10. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Possibly but at it heart it's a Dell and run MS Windows. Buy a Mac and you can run both OS's and even simultaneously if you'd like.
  11. BenniG thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    my iMAC needs to be exchanged, 2006 or so, ethernet defect, (working with this usb ethernet thong from the MBa). As posted here by many other users I am not willing to spend the full price of an iMac which is technical at east 2-3 years old.

    I appreciate the quality and design of iMacs and the good hardware - OS performance, but I don't like the behavior of Apple and the secrets around the release date. And another question: Has the iMAC any future in Apple ??

    For my tasks, a windows PC is fine - to be honest. :)
    I came from SuSE Linux to Mac, so it would be not my first switch.
  12. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    I doubt he will help.
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Funny, because I have had those issues with the others, but never with MSE. Also, I consider an AV to be the third line of defense for your machine. The first two are staying up to date with security fixes, and knowing how to behave online. I don't even remember the last time I got a virus. But it's definitely been many, many years.

    I also use Malware Bytes.
  14. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Information DELETED because this is another one of those whiny threads about release dates!
  15. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    You'd probably be best served seeking advice on a Windows oriented forum or maybe a place like Tom's Hardware. You're done with Apple right? So why are you still here, to make a statement perhaps?

    Honestly, if you like OS X and the iMac, just buy one and enjoy. You can have a nice, brand new, very capable, elegant computer system now. Why wait and especially why the hell would you want to switch to Windows, just to make some point nobody cares about (sorry)?

    Relax man. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff and in the grand scheme of life this is most definitely small stuff. The current iMacs are nice machines.
  16. Judas1 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Its a legitimate question to want to know how to migrate to Windows. Its not that straight forward, and I don't even know if the file system is compatible that you can drag and drop Mac files to Windows. And he's currently a Mac user, so advice from Mac users are more useful. Nothing wrong with that. You're being close minded and you're not being helpful.
  17. cooky560 macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2011
    format an external drive large enough for your files into exFat format, copy everything on to the drive, and then copy it back on the Windows side. Next install iTunes, and replace the library it creates with the version on the external drive. done.
  18. Kashsystems macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    Norton rewrote their code a couple years ago. The performance improvements have been night and day for Norton. If you are looking for a free antivirus product get Microsoft Security Essentials, that is probably the best free one out there right now.
  19. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    If you really want to go to Windows, have at it. I can't say you'll be happier?

    Moving along...
    -iPhoto: Not sure how you'd get your photos over. My guess is you'd need to get the raw files to a shared drive, then import them into whatever photo system you have on Windows. To do this, see next bullet.
    - The reverse is true; you can mount a Windows system from OSX easily. OSX has SMB built in, so it's easy to mount a share, and connect. The reverse is also true, but I'm not sure how easy/difficult it is though. If you go into System Settings, and Share, you can share out folders. Windows will see it on a local area network.

    Again, files will be raw files, such as .doc, jpg, etc.

    Hope this helps.

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