Switching from mac to pc.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kracker, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. kracker macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Would all be lost? Apps, Contacts, ect.

    Or is there a way to save all this?
  2. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    You need to go to the future Microsoft store and look for an idiot bar for help. Stick with the Mac, your better off.
  3. kracker thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Oh I should be getting a new macbook next month but im so impatient i tend to make bad decisions. lol

    im just wondering though to be honest...
  4. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    That was a really helpful answer.

    OP...sorry I'm not sure, but someone here will know the answer.
  5. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    I can't really help, but this is the first time I have heard of anyone switching to a PC from a Mac.
  6. I'm a Mac macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    Well said.
  7. ValientHimself macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Awesome and insightful answer!... on the other hand, the OP could be in a situation where he has to switch, and does not have a choice (be it for work/school/other).

    To the OP, i think if you set up iTunes on the PC with the same account that you were using on your mac your applications should be fine, but I'm not 100% sure on that. As for contacts, calenders, and other things I am unsure. If you have a new Macbook coming in, why don't you just wait?
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Are you getting XP or Vista?

    I'm not sure what'll happen to contacts on XP, but with Vista, your contacts should copy from the iPhone to the PC the first time you sync. When iTunes asks you if you want to merge your contacts, say yes. Theoretically, the same thing should be possible on an XP, but I've never done it myself.

    Apps, log in to your itunes account on the PC, and authorize it. Then right-click on the iPhone icon inside iTunes and click "transfer purchases." You can also redownload any apps you have previously purchased.

    The problem is music, videos and pictures. Those, you have to copy off your Mac's hard drive and onto the PC hard drive. Probably the easiest way to do it is to transfer them using a usb flash drive.
  9. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Apps would be lost but there's ways of syncing contacts - try MobileMe for syncing your Mail/Calendar with Outlook for Windows.

    Just as an aside, why are you switching???
  10. kracker thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    My macbook is totally dead. My bf has vista btw so there may be hope?

    Im just hoping theres no major update thats what im concerned about...
  11. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    For contracts you should be able to export them all as vcards then import them into outlook.

    As for mail you should be able to import the .mbox files without a problem.

    I am not to sure about ical.
  12. kracker thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Thanks. My bf is willing to help me get a new laptop. Im hoping it will be a macbook but im looking at all my options just incase..

  13. kracker thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    I was thinking about getting the ASUS 7" Eee 8GB PC Netbook to hold me over till I can afford the macbook i want..

    will this work...
  14. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    Ok i was half kidding. Check Apple refurbish Macbooks at the Apple online store. I've sent lots of switchers there and the Macs are as good as new ones.
  15. Iceclaw macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
  16. kracker thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    btw it will be running xp.
  17. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    Don't do it. Going from heaven to hell isn't nice.
  18. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    I done it... or should i say, i never really switched to Mac :) Using both platforms constantly...

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