Switching & Migration

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    How To Run Windows Software on OS XCrossover retina
    One of the major advantages that Macs have is that thanks to their Intel architecture and some clever coding from the boffins at Apple (and other companies), they can run applications designed for both OS X and Windows. Before you start jumping for joy, let me mention that you can't simply download a Windows program, install it onto your Mac then fire it up — there's a few technical issues to iron out first! In this tutorial, therefore, I will cover a couple of different (and easy) methods you can use to get your favourite Windows programs running on OS X. Before we start, though, it's worth mentioning that not all Windows programs run seamlessly. You've got to be prepared to accept a few bugs here and there and, especially in the case of games, a possible compromise in graphics performance. If you're still interested, then read on to find out how.Read More…
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    Switching To Mac: Waving Goodbye To Your Windows AppsSwitch retina
    Anyone who has switched from Windows to Mac will know that it is quite a lengthy, drawn-out process. Sure, there are loads of tools and utilities out there to help you transfer your data and settings across, but when you're making a radical switch between two completely different operating systems, it is bound to take a while. In a couple of past tutorials, I have focused on how to switch from Windows to Mac (i.e. migrating your files and settings) and even how to choose your first Mac but there is one area that I haven't yet covered, and that's applications. Around ten or so years ago, Macs had the same status as Linux systems: they were specialist computers with not much in the way of consumer software. Now, that situation is completely different, and you'll find the choice of software available for OS X refreshing and extensive. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to replace those Windows applications, you've been used to for so long, with their shiny Mac equivalents.Read More…
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    How to Run Windows on Your MacApplewindows2
    Ever since Apple switched to Intel architecture back in 2006, Macs have been able to run Microsoft Windows natively without any kind of emulation software, such as Microsoft Virtual PC. Why would you want to use Windows, I hear you scream, when OS X is a perfectly good operating system? Well, you might have some software that only works on Windows (specialist software, for example) or you may just fancy a change from OS X. Whatever your reason, let's see how you can get Windows up and running on your Mac.Read More…
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    The Complete Beginner's Guide to Switching from Windows to OS XSwitch from windows to mac 200x200
    Making the switch from Windows to OS X can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you've grown up using one system for your entire life. But migrating across to OS X doesn't have to be difficult. Given the range of Mac programs now available and the better compatibility with existing Windows peripherals, such as mice and keyboards, it is a lot easier to do than it used to be, especially since the switch over to Intel-based systems.Read More…
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    Preparing Your Mac for Mountain LionOs x mountain lion installer icon full size
    Apple’s next big operating system is set to release in the middle of this month and it’s likely that you’ll be one of the many users who are upgrading from Snow Leopard or Lion. It’s not surprising, either, because there are a lot of great features in this update and it’s going to be the same price for users of either of the aforementioned versions. In light of that, why not update to version 10.8, Mountain Lion?Read More…