Making the Switch from PC to Mac: Everything you Need to Know

Considering making the switch from PC to Mac?

You’re not the only one.

In recent years, Mac computers have become the go-to for consumers who want fast, reliable machines, and many people are abandoning their PCs because of it.

While switching to a Mac promises everything from convenience to increased protection against viruses, the process of migrating from one OS to the next can be a bit complicated. Here’s your complete guide.

4 Big Differences Between Mac and PC

While most people understand that Macs and PCs use different operating systems, it can be tough to figure out what the difference between them is, exactly. Here’s a simple breakdown:

1. Macs are Known for Their Sleek Design

One of the largest contributing factors in the Mac’s rise to fame is its sleek design. Apple computers is intensely focused on the appearance and ergonomics of their products, and it’s a well-known fact that even the interior components of Mac computers are beautifully designed.

2. Macs Tend to be More Expensive

If you compare a comparable Mac and PC product, you’ll generally find that the Mac is more expensive. Some Apple fans call this “the Apple tax,” although it seldom stops people from purchasing the company’s products. Currently, Mac’s least expensive computer is its lightweight MacBook Air, which retails for around $899.

3. Gamers Prefer Windows Systems

One community where you won’t find a great allegiance to Macs is gamers. The reason for this is simple: while Windows systems allow simple upgrades to things like their processor and memory, Macs don’t upgrade on a piecemeal level very easily. What’s more, all but the most expensive Mac computers are underpowered for serious gaming.

4. Macs Offer Better Virus Protection

While Macs aren’t impervious to viruses (contrary to popular belief), they do provide much better virus protection than standard Windows computers. This is because the Apple platform provides fewer opportunities for malware and viruses to infiltrate it.

While the number of viruses aimed at Macs is increasing, these computers are still ideal for people who want to minimize the risk of running into viruses and malware online.

How to Make the Switch

So, you’ve gotten your new Mac, peeled open the stylish packaging, and turned the computer on for the first time. It’s a brave new world, and you’re not sure where to begin. Here’s your step-by-step guide.

Follow the Setup Wizzard

Macs are notoriously user-friendly computers, and getting started on one is as simple as following the Setup Wizzard through its steps. This tool will allow you to set your computer’s language, timezone, preferences, and more, as well as linking the computer to your Apple ID and Apple Pay systems if you’d like.

Look for Installations and Updates

Mac OS X is updated yearly, typically in the fall. If you’ve just gotten a new computer, it’s probably already running the most current version of the OS. If not, though, you’ll need to update it for best performance. To update your system, navigate to the App Store and click the “Updates” tab. If an update is available, you’ll be able to view and initiate it there.

Download The Software You Need

Unless you purchased a computer with a preexisting software package, you’ll need to go in and download programs like Microsoft Word and Excel. These can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and installed in a matter of minutes on your new system.

Be Advised…

Once you purchase a Mac computer, you can’t just wipe it and install a Windows operating system. While Macs are functional and flexible, they’re different enough from the CPUs used in standard PCs that there is no way to install a Windows system. This is due in large part to the Mac’s Extensible Firmware Interface, which controls the computer’s boot-up process.

Enjoy Your New Mac!

Once you’ve followed these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to using your new Mac computer. If you need additional assistance with your new system, visit the Apple support community forums or bring the system to your dedicated Mac Repair techs at Computer CPR.


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