My turn to Switch

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by decafjava, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Hello, so I'm finally making the jump to Mac OS - last Apple computer I had was an Apple II in the 1980s. Been using an iPhone since 2011 (4,5 and 6). As my Windows 7 box is getting long in the tooth and crashing with alarming frequency I need to replace it. Made my decision for Mac.

    This is my likely choice:

    Apple iMac 5K, 27", i5, 3.2GHz, 8Go, 1To Fusion Drive

    So what do I need to do?
    1)Move my itunes library of music (iTunes purchases and ripped cds as well as playlists) and ios apps
    2)Documents and assorted files (mostly word files) also some pdfs.
    4)Broswer bookmarks and passwords - I currently use Firefox
    4)iPhone related files (contacts and calendar on Outlook).
    5)Some backed up emails on thunderbird and Outlook

    Nice to have:
    Mostly Windows related: I have a few old PC games I'd like to keep and run occasionally - I realise I would need bootcamp and a copy of Windows.
    1) The games and other assorted files
    2) Some windows utilities

    So what is the best way to go about this? I understand there are tools to transfer from Windows to PC - I helped a friend upgrade her old Macbook to an iMac and the built in tool worked a charm.
    How easy is bootcamp and how easy is ti to obtain an older version for Windows (8 at least, 7 is obsolete I wish to avoid 10 if I can). Again this is not essential and would settle for backing up my Windows files for now.
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    As a "switcher", I'd suggest that you leave the PC up-and-running for a while, to fall back on if you need it or run into problems.

    Things like music, photos, and your documents can be moved over "incrementally".
    Get one project working -- say, music -- and then move on to the next.
    I'd use either an external drive or a USB flash drive of sufficient capacity.

    I think BootCamp could prove to be more troublesome than what it's worth, if only games are concerned.

    Those games might actually run better on the old PC.
  4. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    This is some of the best advice I have seen. Someone else posted something similar a while ago, like years ago, when I first made the switch over. Made switching over a lot easier, took a little longer, but it was worth it.

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