I searched online and didn't get a good answer to my question. I have a 2008 Macbook Pro that recently stopped booting up for me. I try to turn it on and it makes a sound like its going to turn on then makes a whimper and shuts off. I tried it with a new battery since the old one was starting to crap out but that didn't help. I am going to make a Genius Bar appointment and let them take a look at it. If its a goner or if the repairs are too expensive, I might look to buy a cheap pc laptop. Ideally, I would like to purchase a new Macbook Pro but they are out of my price range and I can get a cheap pc laptop for around $300. I had been regularly backing up my macbook pro onto an external harddrive with time capsule. Would I be able to transfer any of that information (word documents, music, pictures etc.) onto a pc? Or would it not be compatible with Windows 8.1?