Moving from Windows to Mac: Things to Note

It is nothing wrong if you want to switch from Windows to Mac. Whether you like the design, love the premium feeling, or you just want to move on to something new and fresh. Windows laptops are gradually blurring the gap with the MacBook in terms of design, battery life, and performance. That said, the Mac is still something of its own class.

There will be a couple of things you need to know before leaving your Windows laptop for a Mac.


The Windows operating system is inherently very familiar to the majority of users. Windows also has a wide compatibility for apps, which makes it more versatile but more vulnerable too. In fact, some popular software or programs are exclusive to Windows. However, Apple has equipped the Mac with unique features which will make up for the compatibility issues.

If you heavily rely on your Mac for your daily tasks, it takes some time to get used to macOS. But don’t worry, once you get the hang of it, you should find out that macOS is a very cool operating system.

Mac Does Not Need Drivers Installed

As your Windows laptop uses components from different brands, it will require different drivers for each component to work correctly. Sometimes, this is pretty annoying as you need to re-install all of your drivers every time you factory reset Windows. In contrast, Apple controls both software and hardware of the macOS. This means that every necessary driver will be bundled in the OS update that you can easily get on the App Store. No more troubles with incompatibility or obsolete drivers.

You Can Run Windows On Mac

It may sound a bit crazy, but it is 100% possible. Thanks to Boot-camp Assistant that comes pre-installed on every Mac, you can run Windows on Mac. In fact, the process is quite simple to do. You can check out this GUIDE for detailed steps.

Different Connection Ports

The MacBook is using the most advanced connectors available today: Thunderbolt 3 in the form of USB Type-C. This is a powerful, fast, versatile port that can connect at both ends. The downside is that it is still less popular than the familiar USB Type-A ports that you are used to on a Windows laptop. Moreover, the Mac only has USB Type-C ports, so if you regularly connect to USB, portable hard drive, HDMI, you will have to buy external ports.

MacBook May Get Hot Easier

Because it is made entirely of monolithic aluminum and has an ultra-thin design, heat dissipation is a quite common MacBook problem. Especially, some third-party apps will not be fully optimized, resulting in overloaded resources, thus slowing down your Mac. So don’t panic when your MacBook is hotter than your previous Windows laptop. Also, use the MacBook in cool conditions, avoid third-party apps, and clean it regularly to avoid overheating that can affect your Mac’s performance.

You Can Transfer Your Data From Windows To Mac

Moving from Windows to Mac doesn’t mean you have to leave all your data as well. By using Windows Migration Assistant, you can transfer your pictures, documents, and other data from a Windows device to your Mac. You can find the specific guide here

There you go, these are the things you need to know when switching from Windows to Mac. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments!

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