Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Basic Problems When You Change from Windows to Mac Laptop


At some point, some of the Windows OS desktop or laptop users will be changing or started using Mac laptop or desktop. Mac OS X and Apple hardware are completely different than Windows OS and PC type laptops and desktops.
There will be some practical and usage difficulties at initial stage while changing over. The different hardware, mouse, keyboard, Operating System functions, Menus, start menu and programs would be completely different in Mac OS X that will confuse any Windows users.

Recently when I purchased a Mac Pro 13” with Retina display, I felt it’s a great hardware and Operating System, but I could not play around with it like how I used to do in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Let me share my experience and the basic problems most of the new Mac users would face when they change from Windows to Mac OS X.

1.     Keyboard Keys

You will see your some of the Windows favorite keys missed in Mac laptop or desktop.  Some keys are placed in different location and few key combinations will work differently in Mac. It will take some time to learn and get familiarize with the new keys and keyboard layout


2. Mouse and Track pad

Even though Mac mouse and track pad is having more fun and tricks that you can play around with Mac OS X, but some of the famous Windows moues actions will not be available. Remember, there is no right click or third button on Mac mouse and track pad.

3. Operating System and Interface

It is totally a different OS, it’s not like switching from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and you are switching over to a complete different OS which built on UNIX base but with nice interface.
You will not find My computer, control panel, Windows start menu and start button and Windows explorer. This would be a challenge and time taking task to get familiar with Mac OS X. You must learn and understand where is where.

4. Apps work in different way

Apps (Programs in Windows) in Mac work slightly different. Installing, closing and opening an app is slightly different than Windows OS. But it would be interesting and easy when you get to know how things are working.

5. Not All programs and devices will work

This could be a minor issue when you use Mac OS. Not you’re all favorite programs or hardware devices may not work on Mac hardware and Operating System. Your USB headset may not work with your new Mac laptop or desktop wanting of driver support for Mac.
Hardware driver installation and removal are different in Mac.
You may need to use terminal (command prompt) but still a powerful tool to play around with some of the core settings in Mac OS X.

These are the initial basic problems you may face when you have changed from Windows 8 or Windows 7 OS to Mac OS X on Apple Mac hardware.
If you are a new Mac user, you can follow OSX411.com blog for simple Mac and Apple tips.