After you have migrated to a new Mac there are a few things to do or to check on. This list is by no means comprehensive because every person will have a slightly different setup and their experience will be slightly different. But these are the things that nearly everyone has to check on.

  1. Update your computer. I know it may sound silly to have to update your brand new computer, but Apple releases updates about once a month, and there is a good chance that a new update has been released since your computer was assembled. To check, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update. If it says you are up-to-date then leave the window open for about 10 to 20 seconds just to be sure it doesn’t change its mind. I suggest you go ahead and update before continuing with the remaining steps, as they will be more likely to go smoothly.
  2. Activate Microsoft Office, if you use it. Simply open up a Microsoft Office program such as Word or Excel, and click the button to activate. You will be asked to log in using your Microsoft account. Your Office license is attached to your Microsoft account, not to your computer, so you can easily activate it without buying a new copy.
  3. Activate Adobe Creative Cloud if you use it. Just open up one of the Adobe CC apps and you’ll be prompted to sign in using your Adobe ID.
  4. Sign in to Dropbox if you use it. The Dropbox login screen will appear every time you restart your computer until you either log in or uninstall it.
  5. Test your printer and scanner if you have them. Sometimes the software you have for those is not compatible with your new computer which might have come with newer system software. Better to find out now rather than in a couple of weeks when you must print something immediately.
  6. Test each program that you rely on. There could be apps that you use that are either not compatible with your new computer or need to be reactivated. Go through each of the apps that you know you use and see if they are all behaving normally.
  7. Transfer your backup drive. If you normally connect a wired backup drive to your computer, go ahead and plug it into your new computer. Once you do that, or if you have a wireless drive, your new computer at some point will ask you if you wish to inherit the drive. You do. Once you do that, your old computer will no longer back up to that drive.
  8. Erase your old computer. Once your data has been transferred to your new computer you are allowed to use your old computer if necessary, but I strongly discourage it because even though some things will sync other things will not. And you may end up with different files on different computers. In most cases, my recommendation is that you wait for a week or two just to be sure that your new computer is working to your liking, and then erase your old computer using my instructions.

Further help

If you are an existing customer who needs help with this or if you have other questions, or if you are in San Francisco and interested in becoming a client I invite you to book an appointment with me. Otherwise, you may wish to contact Apple Support or to find a local Apple consultant.

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