Are you ready to switch to the computer? See How to Switch from Mac to Windows Computer:
It's time; You are migrating from Mac* to PC and have questions. This detailed guide covers everything you need to know about migrating from Mac to Windows* Computer. We've guided you through converting and transferring your files as well as setting up your new experience. It's simpler than you think.
Apple ID Bundles With Microsoft Account
While not strictly necessary in most cases, a Microsoft Account can help you get the most out of Windows* and your computer by providing more secure access and a host of useful features.
You may have a Microsoft Account from a previous computer, your old Outlook.com account, or even your Xbox*. If you don't have an account or want to create a new one, do so early in the migration process. Doing this and associating it with your Windows login automatically provides access to services such as OneDrive*, Microsoft Store, Teams*, and Skype*. If you're interested, you can quickly and easily access optional services like Microsoft* 365 or Xbox Game Pass.
Also no, you really don't need to say goodbye to your Apple ID. Many of Apple's iCloud*-based services are accessible on the web or on Windows via certain built-in apps.
Transferring Files from Mac to Computer
Although Mac* and Windows* Computers use different file systems, most file types are cross-compatible between operating systems. This is just about moving data to the new computer and there are several ways to do this.1.
Transfer Files Using External Drive:
An external storage device ( external hard drive or USB flash drive ) can be used to copy data between your Mac and your new computer. For the widest compatibility, you can format this drive with the exFAT* file system that both macOS* and Windows* can write to.
Before formatting an external storage device, back up all data on the device. If it's not a new drive, formatting it will delete all existing files. After doing that, you can format the drive as exFAT on macOS or Windows.
- 1. Launch the Disk Management application and select the external drive as the source.
- 2. Select Delete from the list of icons near the top of the window.
- 3. Name the drive as you like, select exFAT using the Format drop-down menu and click Delete.
- 4. After the processor completes, the drive connects to the Finder.
- 5. Use Finder to drag and drop files and data from your Mac to the external drive.
- 6. Connect the drive to your computer and launch File Explorer to access the drive.
- 7. You can now move or copy your files from the external drive to your computer.
- 1. Connect the drive to your computer and open the Start Menu.
- 2. Type Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions.
- 3. Click on the matching result to launch the Windows Disk Management utility.
- 4. Find your external drive listed at the bottom of the window.
- 5. Right-click on the primary partition and choose Format.
- 6. Select exFAT from the File System drop-down menu.
- 7. If desired, add a name for the drive in the Volume Label field and click OK.
- 8. Click OK on the popup to confirm again and begin the disk formatting process.
- 9. Once the process is complete, connect the drive to your Mac.
- 10. Use Finder to drag and drop files and data from your Mac to the external drive.
- 11. Connect the drive to your computer and launch File Explorer to access the drive.
- 12. You can now move or copy your files from the external drive to your computer.
Note: Depending on the size of your external storage device, you may not be able to fit all your data on the external drive at once. In this case, delete the data from the external drive after copying it to your computer to clear the space and repeat the process as needed.
Transfer Files using Cloud Service
If you don't have many large files like videos, you can use cloud service. This option works best if you have an internet connection with high upload speeds. Online file syncing services like OneDrive*, Dropbox*, and even iCloud* can sync your data from your Mac to your new computer.
- 1. Make sure the service is configured to synchronize the desired folders.
- 2. Check if the sync process is up to date.
- 3. Then install the relevant application on your new computer.
- 4. Sync all files over computer after signing in to your account.
Transfer Files Using Local Network:
If both your Mac and computer are on the same local network, you can use network transfer to copy data between the two systems.
Launching on your Mac:
- 1. Go to System Preferences > Sharing and check the File Sharing box.
- 2. Click the plus icon in the Shared Folders section.
- 3. Add the folders you want to copy.
- 4. Repeat this process to add as many folders as you want.
- 5. Make a note of your Mac's network address that starts with smb://.
- 6. Click Options to verify that the checkbox next to your username is selected. This step enables network transmission via the SMB protocol.
Now from your Windows computer:
- 1. Click the Start button and type Run.
- 2. Select the Run command to open the utility. In the text box, type two backslashes followed by your Mac's network address.
- 3. Example: Enter \192.168.1.100 for the network address smb://192.168.1.100 ( note the backslash change ).
- 4. Press Enter to try the connection.
- 5. When prompted for username and password, select More Options > Use a Different Account.
- 6. Enter your Mac account username and password and select OK. Your Mac username is the name of your Home folder in Finder. After the shared folders window opens, drag your data from Mac to computer.
Note: Transfer speed may vary depending on your network and the connection strength of each device. Use wired Ethernet or the latest compatible Wi-Fi version for ultimate performance. For Wi-Fi Networks, position both computer and Mac devices close to the Wi-Fi router.
Where Should You Put Your Files on a Windows Computer?
The is like macOS, the Windows user account offers default folders such as Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. While optional, most backup and online sync services protect these folders by default, so using these folders helps keep your data organized, accessible, and safe.
The File Explorer sidebar contains shortcuts to these folders, which you can always navigate directly through your account's user folder at C:Users[user]. When copying files to your new computer, you can move documents, MP3s and images to the appropriate folders.