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Migration Assistant will not recognize my PC - PLEASE HELP

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lilskye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 11, 2013 7:26 PM

I hope someone who knows something about Windows PCs can help.  I am a longtime Mac user and have never migrated a PC to a Mac before.  I am doing this for my work computer, which I just got a new iMac and really need to transfer my PC files (Outlook mail folders, calendar and contacts) into my new iMac.


I have followed ALL the directions repeatedly (so please do not give me the link on "how to"), I have called Apple Care who do not have the answer.


I am at initial start-up, with the "Select the Source" window and a whirling apple thing "looking for other computers"....  I have downloaded and launched Windows Migration Assistant and it is also "Waiting for your Mac to connect..."


These are directly connected via ethernet cable hard drive to iMac.  All virus and security settings that I can find have been disabled.  The PC is a 2012 Dell XPS 8300 running Windows 7.


If you go to the Windows Control Panel and look at Security, everything is disabled - EXCEPT "Internet Security Settings are set to their recommended levels"  I have no ieda how to make that go away.  I have tried disabling it in IE and it only let's you go from High to Medium. 



Can someone please help me figure out why these 2 computers cannot recognize each other so I can migrate?


Any help is truly appreciated with much gratitude.



iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)

    If nothing at > Switch Basics: Migrate your Windows files or system to your Mac helps, you can always use a FAT-32 formatted USB External Hard Drive to move files between PC's and Mac's. 

    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.5), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
  • C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,705 points)

    den.thed wrote:


    If nothing at > Switch Basics: Migrate your Windows files or system to your Mac helps, you can always use a FAT-32 formatted USB External Hard Drive to move files between PC's and Mac's. 

    Or use FileDrop. Then the formatting of a USB drive won't matter, since all you'll be moving is files that can be opened on either system

  • C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,705 points)

    lilskye wrote:


    Why do not the computers recognize each other when connected via ethernet cable?  It's the very first thing we are doing when turning it on. 



    A simple ethernet to ethernet connection WON'T do. Try connecting BOTH through a router. My Mini recognizes my laptop (Win8) and my other desktop (Win7) all on the same NetGear router.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)

    I don't have a PC and never have.


    Thanks though, I'll keep FileDrop in mind the next time my daughter is here with her pc and were sharing photos and music.

  • C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,705 points)

    Yep, You've GOT to have something that broadcasts BETWEEN them. A router works best. About eleven years ago I went through a two week learning process when I tried to connect two iMacs via ethernet. Couldn't do it to save my life. I asked about fifteen people until someone finally told me to get a router I did, and suddenly they were connected.

    For wireless (which my laptop is most of the time) you NEED something that communicates "actively" between both devices. Even then, wireless sharing is mighty tricky. I had some (limited) success with it using a MacBook Pro and a Windows 7 desktop that was hardwired. There were certain volumes the MacBook just wouldn't see on the desktop unless I connected it via Cat5, though. THAT was a Windows shortcoming.

  • Trev-N Calculating status...

    I'm having the same problem with my new MacBook Air. Have the Mac and PC on the same Time Capsule network. There are other articles out there that help you set up file sharing, WORKGROUP home network, and WINS file setup on the Mac, and Local Security Policies setup on your PC.


    However, I'm still ****** because I can see the shared folders on the PC from my the Mac and shared folders on the Mac from the PC. But the Windows Migration Assistant still can't see each other.


    The other annoyance is that my wife did her MacBook Pro migration from her PC two days ago with no issues. They seen each other instantly. Both PC's are Windows 7. Mac is OS X Mavricks.


    I'm still looking for solutions...


    (And I'm like you; my files are moved. I just want to move the other info that is embedded in the application configurations)

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,825 points)
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