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Most documents and media types are supported on both Mac and PC platforms as long as you have an application installed that supports the file type. Some of the most common file types that you might want to migrate are Microsoft Office files, Music, Movies, Pictures, e-mail and other data files. These files can easily be migrated using the methods described below.

This article is intended to help walk you through the process of moving your files from your Mac to your PC using these methods:

The overall process is a 2 part process, the first step is to prepare the PC with a temporary folder to hold the files and to share that folder and then get the IP address so that you can connect to it from the MAC if your migrating the files over a network or by using a direct cable connection. The second step is to actually migrate the files, there are 5 different methods below, just use the method most appropriate for you:

Step 1. Prepare the PC for the files and find the PC’s network address:
Step 2. Determine how you want to transfer your files:

If you would like to run Windows on your Mac Hardware, see: Installing Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp

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You should prepare a folder on your PC as a temporary location to store your files and then move them to the proper locations once the migration is completed (Example: Documents in My Documents, pictures in My Pictures, etc...). Once the files are migrated you will need to share the folder so you can access the folder from the MAC over the network.

Note: If your migrating your files using removable media, a direct cable connection or using e-mail attachments, you don't need to share the temporary folder or find the PC's IP address.

Note: The methods below are listed from the most efficient to least efficient for situations where you have moderate to large volumns of files to migrate.

Step 1: Prepare the PC for the files and find the PC’s network address

On the Windows 7 PC

If you're migtating from a MAC to a Windows 7 PC, follow these steps to create and then share a folder, and then find your PC's IP address:

First, create and share a folder on your desktop. To do this, tollow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Desktop and click New and then Folder and mane the folder something likeFrom my MAC
  2. Right click the new folder on the desktop and click Share with and select Specific People.

    If you see your user name in the File Sharing window you are ready to receive files, click Share and click Continue If prompted, and then click Done.

    If you do not see your user name in the list in the File Sharing window, click the dropdown for the user name and select the user to have the folder shared with, click Share and click Continue if prompted, and then click Done
Next, find your PC's IP address so you can connect to the PC from the network. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start and type cmd in the Search box and then click CMD.exe from the results above
  2. In the Command window type ipconfig and press Enter
  3. Look for the line labeled IPv4 Address and write down the IPv4 Address to use later.

    Note: The IP address will be similar to this example: 172.16.10.11

On the Windows Vista PC

If you're migtating from a MAC to a Windows Vista PC, follow these steps to create and then share a folder, and then find your PC's IP address:

First, create and share a folder on your desktop. To do this, tollow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Desktop and click New and then Folder and mane the folder something like From my MAC
  2. Right click the new folder on the desktop and click Share…

    If you see your username in the File Sharing window you are ready to receive files, click Share and click Continue if prompted, and then click Done.

    If you do not see your user name in the list in the File Sharing window, click the dropdown for the user name and select the user to have the folder shared with, click Share and click Continue if prompted, and then click Done.

Next, find your PC's IP address so you can connect to this PC from the network. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start and type cmd in the Search box and then click CMD.exe from the results listed above.
  2. In the Command window type ipconfig and press Enter
  3. Look for the line labeled IPv4 Address and write down the IPv4 Address to use later.

    Note: The IP address will be similar to this example: 172.16.10.11

On the Windows XP PC

If you're migtating from a MAC to a Windows XP PC, follow these steps to create and then share a folder, and then find your PC's IP address:

First, create and share a folder on your desktop. To do this, tollow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Desktop and click New and then Folder and mane the folder something like From my MAC
  2. Right click the new folder on the desktop and click Sharing and Security Note:

    If you have Network and Sharing set up yet, you can click the option If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here. Then, select Just enable sharing and click OK.
  3. Click the checkbox to Share this folder on the network
  4. Click the checkbox to Allow network users to change my files and click OK
Next, find your PC's IP address so you can connect to this PC from the network. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run and type cmdin the Open: box and press Enter
  2. In the Command window type ipconfig and press Enter
  3. Look for the line labeled IP Address and write down the IP address to use later.

    Note: The IP address will be similar to this example: 172.16.10.11
Once the temporary folder hac been created and the folder is shared, go to Step 2.

Step 2. Migrate your files from the Mac to the PC

To migrate your files from a Mac to a PC, click the method below that you would like to use and then follow the steps in that method to transfer your files. At the begining of each method you will see what's needed to use that particular method.

Note: Some methods may contain steps specific to your version of Windows.

Method 1: Transfer files over a network

To transfer your files over a network, you must connect both the Mac and the PC to the network. You will need a shared folder on the PC to migrate the files to and you will need the IP address for the PC, see Step 1 in this article to create and share the folder and get the IP address of the PC.

To Connect the MAC to the network and connect to the shared folder on the PC, follow these steps:
  1. With Finder open on the Mac, press Command+K, or select Connect to Server from the Go menu.
  2. Type smb:// and then the network address of the PC that you want to transfer files to.

    Example: smb://172.16.10.11
  3. Cick Connect, you will be prompted to authenticate, if you have not specified a shared folder you will be prompted to select one.
  4. Once your connected to the PC, locate the files to be migrated and drag them to the shared folder on the PC.

    Note: The time required to transfer your files will depend on the speed of your network and the size and ammount of files that you are migrating.
Once the files are migrated to the shared PC folder, you can log on to the PC and move the individual files to thier permonant location. Example: Move your documents to the My Documents folder, pictures to the My Pictures folder, etc... For help with working with Files and Folders on the PC, see the following Help topic on the Microsoft website:

Working with files and folders

Method 2: Transfer files using using a cloud based service

To transfer your files using a Cloud based service, you'll need an internet connection to both the Mac and the PC and a OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)or other cloud based storage location.

To migrate your files to the PC using a cloud based Service, first, log on to the service from the Mac and copy your files to that location. Next, log on to the cloud based Service from the PC and copy the files from that location to the folder on the PC.
Once the files are migrated to the PC folder, you can log on to the PC and move the individual files to thier permonant location. Example: Move your documents to the My Documents folder, pictures to the My Pictures folder, etc.... For help with working with Files and Folders on the PC, see the following Helptopic on the Microsoft website:

Working with files and folders

Method 3: Transfer files using a direct cable connection

Transfering files using a direct cable connection is an easy process and can be the fastest way to transfer your files. To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. Turn on both the Mac and the PC.
  2. Create a folder on the PC by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting New, and then clicking Folder, give the folder a name and then click on a blank area on the desktop.
  3. Using an ethernet cable (a standard PC networking cable), plug each end into a network port on the back of the Mac anf the PC. 
  4. With Finder opened on the Mac, press Command+K, or select Connect to Server from the Go menu.
  5. Type smb:// and then the network address of the PC that you want to transfer files to, and then click Connect.

    Example: smb://172.16.10.11
  6. Cick Connect, you will be prompted to authenticate, if you have not specified a shared folder you will be prompted to select one. 
  7. Once your connected to the PC, locate the files to be migrated and drag them to the shared folder on the PC.

    Note: The time required to transfer your files will depend on the speed of your network adapter and the size and ammount of files that you are migrating.
Once the files are migrated to the shared PC folder, you can log on to the PC and move the individual files to thier permonant location. Example: Documents to the My Documents folder, pictures to the My Pictures folder, etc... For help with working with Files and Folders on the PC, see the following Helptopic on the Microsoft website:

Working with files and folders

Method 4: Transfer files using removable media

Transferring files using removable media such as CD, DVD or an external hard drive or thumbnail drive is an excelent way to migrate your files, this not only allows you to migrate your files, if using CD or DVD media, it also allows you to keep the CD or DVD media as a backup.

To transfer your files using removable media, you'll need one of the following removable media devices:
  • A CD or DVD burner and enough blank recordable CD or DVD media to hold all the files you want to migrate.
  • An external hard drive with enough available space for your files and folders.
  • A USB flash drive, SD card or thombnail drive with enough available space for your files and folders.

    Note: you can make several trips between the Mac and the PC using these types of drives to migrate your data.

    Tip: You may want to organize your files into different folders and subfolders to make the files easier to manage during the migration. Once all the files are migrated to the PC, you can move them to thier proper location. An example structre might look like this:

    Office Documents Folder: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access, Publisher, etc...
    Media Files Folder: Pictures, Videos, Movies, Podcasts, PDF files, etc...
    Data Files Folder: Specific Application files, Downloaded applications, Installation packages, Drivers and other updates, Backups, etc...
    Other: Internet Browser Favorites, Email files, Address Books, etc...

First, you'll need to copy your files from the MAC to the removable Media. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Insert a blank CD or DVD media into the MAC CD\DVD drive, or connect the removable media device to the MAC and make sure the hardware is working properly.
  2. Select, and then drag and drop your files and folders to the removable media device icon on your desktop, or use other media creation software to select and copy your files to the media.
  3. Once the files have been copyed to the removable media, you're ready to bring the files to the PC

    Important: If using a thumbnail drive or external hard drive, remember to Eject the drive before unplugging it from the MAC and bringing the drive to the PC. (If you don’t eject the drive, you may not be able to see the files and folders on the removable media).
Next, you'll need to bring the copy fhe files from that media to the PC. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. If you have prepared the PC by creating a folderd for the migrated files and found the PC’s network address from Step1, your ready to start moving the files to the PC.
  2. Make sure you have inserted the CD or DVD into the drive or your removable media device is connected to your computer. 
  3. Click the Start button , click Computer, and under Hard Disk Drives or Drives with removable media, double-click your storage device that contain your files and folders from the Mac. Next, click Start and the click Computer again to open another window and browse to the location where you want to save your files and folders on the PC, then drag and drop the files directly from the removable media to the location on your PC.
Once the files are migrated to the PC location, you can move the individual files to thier permonant location. Example: Move your documents to the My Documents folder, pictures to the My Pictures folder, etc... For help with working with Files and Folders on the PC, see the following Helptopic on the Microsoft website:

Working with files and folders

Method 5: Transfer files using email attachments

If you have an Internet connection and a small number of files that you want to migrate, you can email the files to yourself from the Mac using your e-mail account, and then access your e-mail account from your PC. Just open and save, or drag and drop the files to the temporary folder that you created in earlier steps.

Note: Emailing large files or larger amounts of files may take several emails and in some cases the files may be too large to send using email.

Note: You may need to change a setting on your e-mail account so that the email will stay on the server once it's been read. The default setting for many e-mail applications is to delete the e-mail once a copy has been brought to the local computer.

Once the files are migrated to the PC location, you can move the individual files to thier permonant location. Example: Move your documents to the My Documents folder, pictures to the My Pictures folder, etc... For help with working with Files and Folders on the PC, see the following Helptopic on the Microsoft website:

Working with files and folders

Note: Once you’ve migrated your files, make sure to install any software needed to open your programs on your PC.


References


Get Started with OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), if you don't already have an account see: Get a OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) account.

If you would like to run Windows on your Mac Hardware, see: Installing Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp

If you would like to Migrate your files from a Mac to a PC, see Migrate your files from a Mac to a PC

If your new to the PC and would like to find out what applications work on a PC for what you do on a MAC, see: What applications do I use on Windows after moving from MAC?

Visit the Microsoft Store to find Software packages or Updates to your current software.

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Article ID: 2636421 - Last Review: June 12, 2014 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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