Converting from PC to Mac

From today’s mail bag:

I have always been a PC guy since 1980. Because my needs are more involved with audio and video editing now and it is time for that new computer, the iMac question has again arisen. Yet, I have good, costly software for my PC in audio, video, publishing, etc. One Best Buy technical person (seemed very knowledgeable) recommended purchasing the iMac while installing Windows XP on it and using that platform for those XP programs until I feel the need to upgrade to Mac software. Would anyone have specific recommendations for this possible huge transition for this PC guy?


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One response to “Converting from PC to Mac

  1. You have several options.

    1. New Macs include a software utility called BootCamp that allow you to install Windows XP or Vista on a separate partition of the Mac’s internal hard drive. With BootCamp, you go through the normal steps of installing Windows from the installation CD. The main advantages to a BootCamp-based Windows solution are speed and stability. When running Windows under BootCamp, all of your Mac hardware is dedicated to running Windows services. Your Mac essentially turns itself into a standalone PC. BootCamp is ideal for gamers who want to run Windows applications in the fastest mode possible. The downside to running BootCamp is you have to reboot your computer every time you want to switch between the Mac and Windows operating system.

    2. Another option is to purchase and install Windows on your Mac using either (Parallels Desktop) or VMware Fusion. With Parallels or Fusion, you can run Windows at the same time that you’re running your Mac applications. No rebooting is required. Moreover, you can configure both programs to share a common folder that is accessible by both Mac and Windows at the same time. The tradeoff to using either Parallels or Fusion is primarily speed. Both Parallels and Fusion come with conversion utilities that convert an existing Windows system running on a standalone PC into a virtual machine document that will transfer over and run on your Mac.

    3. A third option is to purchase and install a Mac program called CrossOver that’s developed by a company called CodeWeavers. Using CrossOver, you can run standalone Windows applications like Photoshop, Premiere, and Outlook on your Mac and can avoid the hassle and cost of a Windows license.

    The retail cost for Parallels, Fusion, and CrossOver is about the same (roughly $80). Check the vendors’ websites to obtain trial copies of their software.

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