Tips on switching from Mac to Windows PC

This post offers tips to users planning to switch from Mac to Windows PC, including how to install & then transfer files from Mac to Windows computer. It would interest those Mac users who are planning to switch to Windows 8 / 7 or those, who need to use a Windows PC at home or work too.

Switching from Mac to Windows PC

As a Mac user, you would be familiar with all the applications and tools available in a Mac. This post will also tell you in short, the comparable applications, services, features and tools, which are present in Windows, which will allow you to carry out the similar tasks, as its Mac counterparts.

If you have installed Windows on a Mac, using Boot Camp, you will have a dual-boot system with your Mac OS on one partition and Windows on the other. The next thing you want to do is to transfer files from Mac to Windows PC.

Applications you used on a Mac and its counterpart or comparable application on Windows

Mac Windows
Finder Windows Explorer
Mac App Store Windows Store
Mac Mail Windows Live Mail or Microsoft Outlook
Safari Browser Internet Explorer
Apple iTunes Windows Media Player
Photo Booth Windows Live Movie Maker
iPhoto Windows Live Photo Gallery
FaceTime Windows Live Messenger or Skype
iCal Windows Live Calendar or Microsoft Office Outlook
Address Book Windows Live People or Microsoft Office Outlook

Other comparable Tools, Folders and Functions

Mac Windows
LaunchPad All Programs in Start Menu
Mission Control Task bar
Document Stack Personal user folder
Download Stack Downloads folder in User folders
Trash Recycle Bin
Spotlight Windows Search
Time Machine Windows Backup and System Restore
Apple Care Windows Help
System Preferences to personalize settings Personalization

There are several other Services, Features, Websites, Security components and applications for Windows, which will help you get the best out of your Windows PC.

Some of them are:

  1. PC Health
  2. Action Center
  3. Windows Firewall
  4. Windows Update
  5. User Account Control
  6. Bitlocker (Encryption)
  7. Windows Defender
  8. Microsoft Security Essentials
  9. Windows Live Family Safety.

You can read more about this on KB2677167.

You may also need to familiarize yourself with some Windows Features. See this post if you need help to Migrate from Mac to Surface.

This post shows you how to transfer or move your important documents, data & files from Windows PC to Mac using Windows Migration Assistant Tool.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.