12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2013 11:56 AM by Csound1
G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

I have tons of Word and Excell files on a Dell computer using Windows 7. If I purchase an iMac, will I be able to access all of these files using Boot Strap?

  • 1. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Actually, I have another question related to Windows programs on an iMac. I have several Windows programs on disks. Are there any limitations on loading these and using them on an iMac (with Boot Camp).

     

    I would like to convert to an iMac, but have reservations about losing data accumulated over years and several programs that are either not available for Apple products or would have to be purchased again.

  • 2. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,775 points)

    Most WIndows programs will run just fine on a Mac if you use Boot Camp.  Many of them will also work just fine on a Mac is you use vitualiztion (Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, Virtual Box, etc.).

     

    There are some programs that do haev issues when running on a Mac, even in Boot Camp, but those tend to be the older ones which try to go straight to the BIOS or to the hardware for speed/performance.  Some of these programs do not like the EFI boot environment of a Mac, and do not work properly.

     

    I owned my first MacBook Pro for about 5 years, and I ran a good number of my old Windows programs using Boot Camp.  When I upgraded my MacBook Pro about 1.5 years ago, I stopped using Boot Camp and went exclusively with a virtualized approach, and it has worked fin for me for the few programs I stull usin under WIndows.  Perhaps if you were to list off the particular programs of concern to you we will know if they work or if they have issues.

  • 3. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    G3gator wrote:

     

    I have tons of Word and Excell files on a Dell computer using Windows 7. If I purchase an iMac, will I be able to access all of these files using Boot Strap?

    Just use Office for Mac to open your Office files, no need to mess with Windows and Boot Camp.

  • 4. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Unless you have some Excel or Word file formatting which Office Mac does not handle, and then you would only need to run Windows as a VM anyway.

     

    Heavy Excel users do sometimes prefer or have to use Windows and run it natively if you fall into that smaller category, then yes.

     

    Or you don't trust Office for Mac under OS X too is possible.

     

    Or the new packages Microsoft is selling and Office 2013 and the direction it is taking customers.

  • 5. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Geekboy, Thanks, I will try your suggestions (when I get an iMac, which I think I will do). The program that concerns me the most is FileCenter, a scanning and document organizing program. I inquired with the developer and they only support Windows OS. 

     

    George

  • 6. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Yes, thanks. I think I will purchase Windows for Mac.

     

    George

  • 7. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (19,520 points)

    if you don't need to play games or use 3d program then installing windows in a virtual machine like free virtualbox or wmware or parallels or the likes is a much easier thing then boot camp and it will make starting windows faster too

    you can even run windows in a windows if you should soo choose

  • 8. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    G3gator wrote:

     

    Yes, thanks. I think I will purchase Windows for Mac.

     

    George

    Do you mean Office for Mac?

     

    There is no such thing as Windows for Mac

  • 9. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    Yes, sorry. I meant Office for Mac.

     

    I ordered the iMac today. The sales lady suggested an accessory called Parallels Desktop 8 to run my Windows-only programs like FileCenter. I hope this works as advertised.

     

    George

  • 10. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    Now I am very confused, if you have Office for Mac you do not need Parallels.

     

    Do you plan on using Office for Mac, or Office for Windows?

     

    Ooops, misread, you will need Parallels for your Windows Programs

  • 11. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    I plan to use Parallels for a couple of non-Office programs that run only on Windows. I have a document scanning-organizing program and a data-base that run only on Windows OS. I already have Quicken for Windows and would prefer not to buy it again for Mac. The same of Turbotax.

     

    George

  • 12. Re: I have, what I think is, a simple question.
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    Yes, that will work, but if you have not already bought Parallels I suggest that you try VirtualBox, I prefer it over Parallels, and it is free.