moving from an old mac to a new one

Dell / Inspiron 17r
July 16, 2017 at 13:33:36
Specs: Win10 64bit (for now), Intel i7 3630QM
Bearing in mind that I am a total Mac newbie, please be gentle with me...

Anyway, I have had an old MacBook (2008) I bought from a school which had a lot of preinstalled software on it that I have barely used (primarily Adobe CS5). Having got fed up with Win10 I have now got a more recent (2015) MacBook and I would like to transfer as much as possible from the old to the new. Already had an adobe account and it accepted me as a registered user on the old machine. Is there a foolproof way of achieving this? I already have Time Machine set up on the old one, and it will be discarded after I'm done with it.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#1
July 16, 2017 at 14:36:13
Perhaps start here: and have a good read...l

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT2...

And this a similar item worth to read:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...

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July 16, 2017 at 21:26:38
Many thanks, I'll try the Time Machine method. It doesn't mention whether I need to have the same OS on both (the old mac won't accept the latest OS), and do you happen to know if this is a total bit-by-bit replacement or will I end up having a copy of the old machine alongside on the new one?.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#3
July 17, 2017 at 13:21:31
As best I understand, a Timemachine retore can be either those bits (files etc.(for which you opt); or cana compltete restore the complete backup. My presumtio is that a full restore will replace what's already there?

You might get a clarification via a local Apple store techie, or a phone call to Apple support, or even an email, or post a query on their support forum.

If you do get clarication please post back with the answers. Useful to have such info for future reference.


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#4
July 17, 2017 at 23:22:54
I shall give the full back-up a go and let you know the results. Won't be for a week or so as my son is leaving his 'old' Air for me when he goes abroad so will be a clean slate to start on.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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