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OS X Mountain Lion: Transfer your information from a PC

Transfer your information from a PC

If you didn’t transfer your information to your Mac when you first set it up, you can use Migration Assistant to transfer your information at any time. For example, using Migration Assistant, you can transfer your user account—including all your pictures, music, and files.

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Transfer your information

You can transfer information over a wired or wireless network. Make sure your computers are connected to the same network.

  1. Open Migration Assistant on your PC, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

    If you don’t have Migration Assistant on your PC, you can download it from the Apple website.

    Windows Migration Assistant

  2. Select the information that you want to transfer, and then click Continue.

    For information about what you can transfer or about transferring information from a Mac or a disk, see this help topic:

    Transfer your info from a computer or disk

Find the transferred information on your Mac

When you log in to a transferred user account, you’ll find your information just where you’d expect it to be.

  • If you had a custom desktop picture on your PC, it is set automatically as your desktop picture on your Mac. To change your desktop picture, use Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.

    Desktop & Screen Saver icon

  • Your email accounts, which include your email messages and attachments, are set up in Mail.

    Mail icon

  • Your contacts are in Contacts.

    Contacts icon

  • Your calendar accounts, which include your meetings and events, are set up in Calendar.

    Calendar icon

  • Your web browser’s bookmarks, favorites, and homepage are set up in Safari.

    Safari icon

  • iPhone or iPod touch apps you bought in iTunes on your PC are in iTunes on your Mac.

    If your music was in iTunes on your PC, your music is in iTunes on your Mac.

    iTunes Icon

  • Files from the My Documents (Documents), My Videos (Videos), My Music (Music), or My Pictures (Pictures) folders are in the Documents, Movies, Music, or Pictures folders in the Finder, respectively.

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  • Files from the PC’s desktop are on the desktop on your Mac.

Change settings for transferred user accounts

To change the settings for any of the user accounts you transferred, use Users & Groups preferences.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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