Migrate Boot Camp
Move your entire Windows setup onto a new Mac with ease
Apple’s Boot Camp software allows you to start your Mac up in Windows, not just OS X. It enables the use of business apps that may not be available for the Mac, designers and developers can test websites and apps on Windows, and you can choose from many more games.
However, if you upgrade or replace your Mac, you need to start all over and reinstall Windows on the new Mac, along with all your Windows apps and games. That can take ages because some games are tens of gigabytes large. Then there’s the trickiness of Windows’ activation process. Apple’s OS is free these days, but Windows still costs almost £100.
Winclone (twocanoes.com) helps transfer your Boot Camp partition, complete with all your apps and games, from one Mac to another. You’ll need Winclone Standard ($40, about £26), not the cheaper ‘Basic’ edition, but it can be a real timesaver if you’ve got a lot of software to transfer. It’s also cheaper than buying a new copy of Windows – if you originally bought a retail (boxed) copy of Windows then you can transfer the licence to a new Mac. However, note that if it was an OEM copy (provided with a PC), it’s legally tied to the hardware it came with. Cliff Joseph
Winclone helps you transfer Windows with all your software to a new Mac
Winclone 5 can copy all your Windows apps and games onto a Boot Camp partition on a new Mac.