New to OS X.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mackentosh, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Mackentosh macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2014
    After being a winblows user for 15 years, I sold my custom built 8 core windows desktop and bought a apple refurb mac mini dual core.

    Windows new OS is a joke, it's like two operating systems glued together. You have the "metro" which is basically a windows mobile os glued over windows 7, in a nutshell.

    I am fairly computer "smart", but wondering what kinds of major differences one will expect migrating to OS X?

    I haven't messed around with mac in over 10 years, so school me.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Apple has some good info on "switching" at their web site here.
  4. bbnck macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    There is a good video I found that shows you around Mac OS X and it's various features: It's a professional guide and is well presented, I suggest you watch it. It covers Mountain Lion, so is fairly recent and will help you to get accustomed to "Mavericks," the current Mac OS X release. Most of what it covers will still be relevant when Yosemite (the successor to Mavericks) is released this Autumn.

    Hope this helps.
  5. cebseb macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    That's where I went to when I switched back a few years ago. Definitely a great start!
  6. mikecwest macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2013
    Here at MacRumors, you are in the best place possible for help with your transition.
  7. joshlalonde macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2014
    I hate people who say stuff like "win blows".
    It's an operating system change, not a religion. Sigh.

    I have to say Windows is rather bad, but that doesn't mean you have to act like a fanboy. Usage-wise, there's very little to learn switching from Windows. OS X tends to be easy to pick up speaking from experience. Good luck. Just don't be a fanboy please.
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    David Pogue has a good book "Switching to the Mac", written for windows users migrating to OSx. there are different versions of the book for different OSx versions.
  9. Nero Wolfe macrumors regular

    Nero Wolfe

    Oct 28, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I highly recommend these books. Pogue's Switching to the Mac (Tiger Edition) is what guided me to successfully switching back in 2007.
  10. E3BK, Sep 13, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2014

    E3BK macrumors 68030


    Mar 15, 2008
    Welcome! I'm sure you'll love the Apple world. When I made the switch, it was a whole new world! haha.

    There are so many features especially with Yosemite & iOS8 integration but I can tell you the Mission Control, & spaces are some of the most useful things on the Mac OS. I love being able to just swipe between different "desktops." This is old but still relevant for the most part.

    If you have an Apple store near you, I highly recommend taking one of their free classes to help familiarize yourself with Mac but I'm sure MR members would be happy to share their knowledge as well.
  11. klamzi, Sep 14, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014

    klamzi macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2014
    Something I always do when start for first time os x go to system preferences then general there you can change few basic things for ui try and see what best for you.
    Also recommend you disable lcd smoothing as that makes text sharper.
    Then in accessibly turn of smooth images when use zoom.
    Then go to keyboard and shortcuts there you can customise them.
    Other thing I do right away is go to dock setings and turn on magnification also try set it to left or right you may like it better.
    Honestly os X is by no way perfect there some things sometimes that can make you truly mad but for me its way better experience than Windows. I can do things much faster and smooother its also much much more stable and I can focus on what im doing not just hope something not to crash and always save every few seconds when doing something important.
    Yosemite is overall pretty good and if you have Ios device you will enjoy it even more but there still some stability issues hope they fix them by the time of release.
  12. jdnflu23 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2014
    Welcome to the dark side. You will never look back :apple::):cool:
  13. wallaby macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    An octo-core to a dual-core? Doesn't sound like a very equitable swap to me. Besides, it's not like Windows 7 stopped existing.

    Major differences from Windows to OS X: Macs have decent, actually-useful keyboard shortcuts. Learn them and love them. Also, install Quicksilver, unless the built in Spotlight (command + spacebar) works well enough for you.

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