Before considering the actual migrating - and having to buy the Windows counterpart for your current macOS workflow applications - to Windows, you could also consider running macOS as a virtual machine on PC alongside.
Then you are able to make use of your current macOS applications/workflow, except for those applications that require you to boot macOS natively on its hardware.
I use VMware Fusion for Windows 10 on my Mac Pro, try to get a trial copy of VMware Workstation to get a good look-and-feel of macOS on a PC.
There's also Virtual Box, but perhaps another fellow MR member could chime in for that particular brand, I have no knowledge about.
Note: it all depends of course if you have a PC coming to you soon, to give this VMware Workstation option a trial spin!
Good luck on making some tough decisions during this - migration and transition to PC - fase.
You can use Boot Camp included in the Mac, alongside a Windows 10 license.
So I hear that you must fix your partition at a certain size and then it can't be changed, unless you of course:
Speaking of storing off site, say I export a mac file into a PC friendly version, like imovie into (shudders) Windows Movie Maker. (Blargh!) How do I physically store that off my mac? Won't formatting an external hard drive or USB stick to store mac stuff then make it invisible to PC? How do I actually get converted files back onto the PC side of my mac? Anyone know? Am I going to trust it all to the cloud?
- Backup all your Windows files off the computer
- Delete Windows
- Reinstall with a larger partition
Lastly, just thinking naughty thoughts about the cloud... what happens if you open a bunch of gmail accounts just for google drive access?
Sounds great! I guess my greatest fear in (eventually) leaving Mac is leaving iMovie. Would Virtual PC be able to handle moving movie files around and one day (gulp) actually processing them in Virtual PC?
- Make a list of your apps. Some of them may not be available on Windows/Linux. You may also want to contact the developers if you face additional issues.
- Transfer your personal data. This includes your files, browser data, and configurations. Make a list of what you need to transfer, and leave out what you don't need.
- Know what will stop working on Windows/Linux. This includes having a Trusted Device (PCs can't be used as Trusted Devices), iCloud Sync for some apps, and App Store apps (won't need them if you are on Windows/Linux).
- Be prepared to pay for your apps again if you have any paid apps on your Mac.
- Be prepared to download a large amount of data (e.g. iTunes Store purchases, Apple Music downloads).
- Be prepared to perform operations that can only be done once (e.g. One-way transfers).
with work changes coming our way, I might have to migrate to PC. Does anyone have a good checklist for all the things I'm going to have to try and export, translate, and convert? Any good hints?