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October 2022: Migrating from MAC to PC part II

The process may take some time depending on the size of your library and the transfer method. Once the files are on your PC:

1.    Download and install the latest version of iTunes to your PC.

2.    Quit the app immediately after installing it.

3.    Find the transferred iTunes folder and paste it into your user’s Music folder.

4.    Click OK to approve any overwritten data.
Note: Completely replace the empty iTunes library with a copy of your Mac’s iTunes library.

5.    Navigate to the iTunes app on your PC again.

6.    Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard while opening the app.

7.    Wait for a window to appear asking you to Choose iTunes Library.

8.    Click the Choose Library button and navigate back to your user’s Music folder.

9.    Inside the iTunes folder, select the iTunes Library.itl file and click Open.

10. You can now access your complete music library on iTunes for Windows.

How to Transfer Photos & Videos from Mac to Windows PC

The built-in Windows Photos* app on your new PC allows you to organize, edit, and view your precious photos and videos easily. In general, you can copy a photo library of saved images directly to your PC and import them into the Windows Photos app. However, if you’re using Apple’s Photos* app for Mac, you need to export your images first.

Once imported, you’re free to browse all of your photos and videos, make basic edits, set up slideshows, or enable the People feature to automatically group photos.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to Windows PC

Starting from your Mac:

1.    Launch the Photos app.

2.    Select the photos or albums you want to copy.

3.    To copy everything: select Library from the left sidebar and press the keyboard shortcut Command+A.

4.    With your photos and videos selected (outlined in blue), select File > Export.

5.    Choose whether to Export Unmodified Originals (unedited images only) or Export (#) Items (includes your edits).


If you select Export (#) Items, you can choose the file format and quality level of your exported photos. You can also opt to change their size, include keywords, location, and other metadata, and keep your desired naming and subfolder organizational scheme. To minimize file size, choose JPEG as your Photo Kind. To preserve maximum quality, PNG or TIFF is the way to go. Also make sure that the Size option is set to Full Size, unless you want your images resized.

1.    Select any export options, then click Export.

2.    Set an output directory and click Export again to start the process.

3.    It may take a while depending on the number of photos and your Mac’s performance.

4.    Copy the files from your Mac to your PC using your preferred data transfer method.

On your PC:

1.    Copy the files to your Pictures folder and then launch the Windows Photos app.

2.    Click the Import button in the toolbar at the top of the window.

3.    Select your user’s Pictures folder (or any other directory to which you added photos).

4.    The app scans the designated folder and displays any detected image files and videos.

5.    Use the Select drop-down menu to choose All Items and then click Import.

How to Back Up with Windows PC

Windows* 11 uses OneDrive*, a service like iCloud Drive*, to back up your most important folders automatically and more securely to the cloud. OneDrive ensures a proper backup in the event of a data loss, and it provides the option to access your PC’s data from anywhere via the web.

How to Back Up PC to OneDrive

Once you’ve moved all your Mac data to your PC, you can protect your data with a backup.

1.    Open the Settings app and head to Accounts > Windows Backup > OneDrive Folder Settings > Manage Sync Settings.

2.    Choose the folders you want to back up (Desktop, Pictures, Documents).

3.    Click Start Backup.

After the initial backup, all the files in these folders, and other files in your OneDrive folder, are synced to the cloud. OneDrive automatically backs up synced files. You can then recover your data from OneDrive if there’s an issue in the future. You can also access these files via OneDrive on the Web.

Be sure to keep an eye on your data usage. OneDrive can back up 5 GB of data with a free account, which is generally more than enough for your most essential documents. You can choose to upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription for up to 1 TB of storage to back up all of your data.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Many of the keyboard shortcuts used in macOS* are similar in Windows*, but with one important difference: the modifier key. Instead of Command (?), Windows shortcuts typically use the Control (Ctrl) or Windows keys. For example, to save your document in Microsoft Word* for Mac, the shortcut is Command+S; in Word for Windows, the shortcut is Control+S.

With so many similarities, you’ll be up and running with Windows keyboard shortcuts in no time. Here are some common ones to get you started:

Software Compatibility & Windows Alternatives

Many of the most popular macOS* apps are also compatible with Windows*. Even when an app is truly exclusive to the Mac, the files can often be easily converted to a Windows-based alternative.

Here’s a list of common macOS apps and some suggested Windows-compatible alternatives. Note that these suggestions are just one of many options. The Windows ecosystem supports thousands of applications, which means you have alternatives for virtually any app or workflow.

macOS Application 

Windows Alternative

Apple Pages*
Microsoft Word
Apple Numbers*

Microsoft Excel

Apple KeynoteMicrosoft PowerPoint
Adobe creative cloudAdobe Creative Cloud
Apple Final Cut Pro XAdobe Premiere Pro
Apple MotionAdobe Media Encoder
Apple CompressorAdobe Media Encoder
Apple Logic Pro X

Adobe Audition

Apple iMovieWindows Photos App Video Editor

  Compiled by the Technical Support officer 

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