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Switch to a brand new Mac with Migration Assistant

Just got a new Mac? You can take over the data from your Windows PC when you start your Mac for the first time. This is done with the help of Migration Assistant. The program can be downloaded for Windows.

Migration assistant with an already deployed Mac
If your new Mac is already running, you can still transfer everything.
Migration Assistant can be found in the Utilities folder.

What can you transfer with Migration Assistant?
Email from Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail is transferred to Mail in MacOS.
Contacts are transferred to Address Book.
Calendars are transferred to iCal.
Music library and all apps and info from iPhones and iPads and iPods.
Bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, and Safari for Windows are imported into Safari for the Mac.

How do I do that?
Make sure the PC and your Mac are on the same network. An ethernet cable between both computers is the fastest way, but wireless is also possible. Administrator password required!

IMPORTANT: First turn off the automatic update function in Windows so that it cannot interfere with the migration process.

Download Windows Migration Assistant
On your Windows PC, go to the Apple.com website and download the Windows Migration Assistant.

Install this program on your PC and run it:

Note: Don't forget to turn off Windows updates!

You will be notified that the PC is now waiting for the Mac to connect:

Now you go to your Mac.
Start the Migration Assistant utility. You can find it in the Utilities folder.
Select a migration method: From another Mac or PC:

It will not work without an administrator password:

Now you wait until the PC appears on the screen.

Security code
You will now be asked to verify a numeric code.
If the number code on the PC and Mac is the same, you can continue.

Choose what to copy
Select the items you want to migrate from PC to Mac. Depending on the amount of data and the speed of your connection, Migration Assistant will drop your PC data onto your Mac in the appropriate places.

Run Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp
The Boot Camp program makes it possible for you to boot your Mac under Windows as well as MacOS. It's just a matter of holding down the Option (Alt) key when you turn on your Mac to choose which system to use.

How do I install Boot Camp
Launch the Boot Camp Assistant and follow the onscreen instructions. Boot Camp Assistant can be found in the Utilities folder. It makes your hard drive suitable by creating a separate partition for Windows. It leaves the data on your Mac untouched.

Nevertheless, it is always wise to make a backup in advance!

Installing Windows is done with an .ISO file of the operating system:

After creating the Boot Camp partition and installing Windows, you will see an additional hard drive named Boot Camp appear in the Sidebar.

Restart with Windows
Hold down the Option (Alt) key during startup. Now you can choose which operating system you want to use:

From MacOS, you can also go to System Preferences => Startup Disk and choose the Windows partition there. Restart and your Mac will boot under the chosen system.

Boot Camp on Windows
In Windows you have an icon for Boot Camp in the Taskbar.

This will lead you to the Boot Camp Control Panel.

Configure Boot Camp
Here you can choose your startup disk, but also indicate how your Keyboard or Trackpad should behave.

Delete Boot Camp
Start Boot Camp assistant and do not start the Windows installation but choose 'Recovery'.

Emulation software
There are also other ways to run Windows on your Mac. These work with so-called "virtual systems". You install a special program on your Mac that makes Windows think it is running on a PC. This way you can also run older Windows versions. If you only need Windows occasionally and restarting is too time-consuming, emulation software is your cup of tea.

An example of Emulation Software: Parallels Desktop

Also available: VM ware fusion

Speed of emulation software
This runs under MacOS and uses memory and processor power. Underneath it runs Windows, which also needs memory and processor power. Extra RAM memory is then not a superfluous luxury. 16 Gigabyte is minimal with the current Windows versions.
Heavy gamers should use Boot Camp.

Other user interfaces UNIX und X11
Under the hood of your Mac there's another, classic user interface called UNIX.
There's also a graphical user interface for that, called X11. It's open source and you can download it here: Xquartz.org

You can also choose to use Linux on your Mac. There are several flavors you can taste. More info: Guide to Installing Linux on a Mac

The next chapter is:
under the hood: UNIX

or: VMware Fusion

or, for ordinary people:
solving problems

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