New Laptop Migration Questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SparkyCanada, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. SparkyCanada macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Hi there.

    So I need to migrate my stuff from my 2008 MBP to my new one 2013 MBP.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Should I use the migration assistant for data only - having me download new compatible apps?

    2. I do have Office for Mac on my existing system - and read that there are often problems when using migration assistant. Is this still true migrating to Mavericks?

    3. If I use the migration assistant for everything - how does it deal with older versions of applications?

    4. If I use the migration assistant for everything - but want to co-install an older version of a software application with a newer one - will it let me? For example I currently run an older version of Pages with the newest. There is a certain template on the old version that I use in iWeb - that I can't seem to find on the newer version...

    Thanks for any assistance...

  2. SparkyCanada thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    If you use MA it will put everything back as was before. Some applications will need to be re-installed or have their product keys input. Apart from that it is a simple, fast way of doing the job..I used Thunderbolt and copied over 500GB in 46 mins...not too shabby!

    Office wanted re-installation, and a couple of games from the app store required downloading again...that was it!
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    When I used MA it worked fine for all my apps but Office required re-entry of the product key. Very smooth process.
  5. SparkyCanada thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Thanks for the replies.

    I think I'll give the Migration Assistant a try this week...

  6. john123 Suspended


    Jul 20, 2001
    One other thing that may not come over with MA (or hasn't for me): your keychain passwords. That can be a real pain in the butt if you aren't prepared. There are FAQs you can Google on how to manually move yours over.

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