Migrate Your Windows Files to Your Mac

Ben Winters -

You can easily move your Windows files to your new Mac and use them with Mac applications. Macs can open many different kinds of files from your PC, as long as you have appropriate software installed that can interpret them.

For example, you can move all of your Microsoft Office documents to your Mac if you have Microsoft Office for Mac OS X installed. Office functions almost exactly the same on a Mac as it does on a PC. Also, iWork applications (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) can use and export many Microsoft Office file types.

Audio files (AIFF, MP3, WAV) open in iTunes or QuickTime Player. Image files (JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF, RAW, and the like) can be opened with iPhoto and Preview. QuickTime Player can be used to watch many types of movie files.

If you’re unsure if there’s a Mac version of your favorite Windows app or an app that opens certain types of files, check out Apple Downloads, the Mac App Store or your local Apple Store or Mac retailer.

Use Migration Assistant

When you’re ready to move your PC files to your Mac, Migration Assistant helps you easily transfer them. You can transfer your whole Windows user account—including your pictures, music, and files.


logging into your transferred user account, you’ll find your info just where you’d expect it to be:

Your contacts are in Contacts

Your web browser’s bookmarks, favorites, and homepage are set up in Safari

Your calendar accounts, which include your meetings and events, are set up in Calendar

Your email accounts, which include your email messages and attachments, are set up in Mail

Your custom desktop picture from your PC is set as your desktop picture (unless it is a trademarked Microsoft picture)

Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch apps you bought in iTunes on your PC are in iTunes on your Mac. If your music was in iTunes on your PC, your music is also on iTunes on your Mac

Your files from My Documents (Documents), My Videos (Videos), My Music (Music), or My Pictures (Pictures) folders are in the Documents, Movies, Music, or Pictures folders in Finder

Your files from the PC’s desktop are now on your Mac’s desktop

Transfer information from your PC over your wired or wireless network
To move files using Migration Assistant to your Mac from your PC, use these steps.

On your PC, Download Windows Migration Assistant (Download), then open it.

Make sure both computers are turned on and connected to your wired or wireless network. If needed, you can use a single ethernet cable to create a simple network between the two computers.

Click Continue on the PC.

On your Mac, open Migration Assistant by clicking Launchpad in the Dock, and typing Migration Assistant in the search field.

When you’re asked how you want to transfer your information, choose “From another Mac, PC, Time Machine backup, or other disk”.

Click Continue on your Mac.

When prompted, enter your name and password.

Click Continue to quit other applications. Other applications can’t be open on your Mac during the transfer.

Select “From another Mac or PC”.

Click Continue.
Once your PC appears in the Migration Assistant window of your Mac, click Continue.

On your PC you should see the passcode that was displayed on the Mac. Click Continue.

On your Mac, select the information you want to transfer to your Mac, then click Continue.

If you transferred a user account from your Windows PC to your Mac, you can log into the account on your Mac.

Note: When you first log into this account on your Mac, OS X prompts you to enter a new password for any user accounts that were migrated.

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