So, you’ve decided to #GoPC! Welcome to your guide for everything you need to know to make the switch from Mac* to PC quick and easy1.
Goodbye Apple ID, Hello Microsoft Account
Getting a Microsoft account set up early helps you get the most out of Windows* and your PC. Your account enables more secure access to your PC. It also offers a host of convenient features and applications like OneDrive*, the Microsoft* Store, Teams*, Xbox* Game Pass.
Moving Your Data from Mac to PC
Moving data can seem like a daunting task, the good news is that the overall process should be painless as most file types are supported across both platforms.
Cloud Services2: If much of your data is stored in cloud-based services such as OneDrive*, Dropbox*, or iCloud*, then cloud migration is simple. First, make sure that your folders are configured to sync and up to date. Then install that cloud service app on your PC, sign in, and start the sync process. You can also manually transfer larger files such as videos and games stored locally on your old device. Read our step-by-step breakdown.
Depending on the browser you use, transferring bookmarks is quick and easy. You can easily sync your bookmarks from Edge*, Chrome*, or Firefox* by installing and signing into the same browser on your PC. If you use Safari*, you can manually transfer bookmarks to your new browser of choice. Learn more about switching to a new browser.
Mac's closed ecosystem means that some Mac files are only compatible on a Mac. With these files you will need to convert them to a more universally accepted file type. But if you have Microsoft Office for Mac*, all your documents, worksheets, and presentations are already compatible with Microsoft Office for Windows.
If you have files in Apple iWork* format (Pages*, Numbers*, Keynote*), you must convert your documents to a Microsoft Office-compatible format. Just a reminder: you do need to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite.
How to Convert iWork to Office (on your Mac): Luckily, converting files isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. Open the iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) file on your Mac, select “File > Export to” and then “convert to” the applicable office application, Pages to Word for example.
[Advanced] How to Convert iWork to Office (on the web): You can also use iCloud* for conversion if all your files are synced to iCloud on your MacBook. From your new PC, log in to your account at iCloud.com, then select the files to open. From there, you can look for an option to download a copy and convert the file to the applicable Office format.
Learn more on how to transfer documents from Mac to Windows.
Windows includes a built-in “Windows Mail*” app similar to “Apple Mail*”; the transition between the two is easy if you check with your email account provider for the appropriate settings and server addresses. It’s even easier for web-based email services; just log into your account via your new preferred browser. Find out more about setting up your email.
Your new PC is compatible across all your favorite streaming services2, and it’s also fully compatible with iTunes* and Apple Music*. Explore our step-by-step guide to learn how to copy purchased music from Mac to Windows.
Photos & Videos
The Windows Photo* app gives you awesome tools to organize, edit, and view your photos. If you’ve been using Apples Photos* for Mac, you must export your library or images to a folder. Then you can transfer that folder to your PC via external drive or USB flash drive. And finally you can use the Windows Photos app to import your images. See how to transfer photos & videos from Mac to Windows.
Windows Start Menu
Meet your new ‘Spotlight*’–the Windows start menu is your go to navigator. Learn how to personalize your start menu.
Your new PC comes with OneDrive, a cloud-based service similar to iCloud. OneDrive automatically and securely backs up your folders to the cloud, including all of the data you transferred to your new PC. Learn how to start backups with OneDrive.
Here are some common Windows keyboard shortcuts to get you started:
A New World of Applications
Some Apple software is proprietary and not available to PC users. Luckily, developers like Adobe offer a suite of alternatives giving you a whole new world of editing features and experiences.
Welcome to Your New PC
Congratulations! You’ve now successfully completed your transformation from a Mac user to PC. If you have more questions or would like more details, please check out our tech tips and tricks on making the switch to PC.
Remember to check the Microsoft Store for game, entertainment, productivity, and compatible Apple*-based apps like iTunes*. Now go explore what your PC can do!