Migrating to a New Mac

OK, I am one of those smug Mac owners who can be heard at work occasionally saying, "This wouldn't happen if we were using Macs."  Well, it's true.  Although Windows XP and Windows 7 have moved that platform beyond "annoying and dysfunctional," Windows still trails OSX in features, ease-of-use and stability.  

That's not the point of this entry. My first iMac was from the 2006-2007 generation and I purchased a new one in May.  Apple has a very useful utility called The Migration Assistant that automates movement of all of your stuff (or less if you prefer) from your old machine to a new one.  For 95% of situations it works perfectly and seamlessly.  In a few cases the programs involved had different ideas.  My copy of MS Office supports up to three machines.  It wanted the new machine to be registered separately.  There may be a way to transfer registration from one Mac to another but its something you might want to explore before you perform a migration. There were one or two small programs that required re-entry of license numbers. I'm not sure why but it's a reason to keep those emails they send you with your license number.

Otherwise, a routine process.

BTW, why buy a new iMac?  Back in 2006-2007 IMacs came with only 1 GB or RAM and could not be expanded beyond 3 GB. While all of my software ran on 1 GB or my expanded 3 GB, more RAM, in any computer, will improve speed and performance and the Activity Monitor indicated that I was moving into the red zone at times.  There's always the issue of Speed Lust. Coincidentally, at about the same time I made one of my extremely rare game purchases, Portal 2. After I installed that I learned that while I had enough RAM and a sufficient processor to run that high-end simulation, my graphics card didn't make the grade.  That didn't influence the purchase of a new iMac, which was already decided, but it turned out to be the only piece of software that was unable to run on my old iMac.

© Warren Liebold 2011