Spec a New Mac Based on Your Current PC - dummies

By Arnold Reinhold

You want your new Mac to have at least the capabilities of your present computer, plus room to grow. Thus, you need to know exactly what your current PC has before your try to switch to a new Mac. Much of this information may be on the sales receipt or the original box your computer came in. If you’ve added peripherals, however, that info may be out of date.

The easiest way to find the information on your current configuration is to ask Windows to give it to you. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Start→My Computer (or just “Computer” on Windows 7).

    The My Computer window should appear, and you should see a section labeled Hard Disk Drives. If more than one drive is shown, start with the drive labeled C:.

  2. Select your C drive and then choose File→Properties (or right-click the drive and choose Properties from the contextual menu).

    The Properties dialog box tells you how much disk space is used and how much is available.


  3. Make a note of the drive’s total capacity and how much of it is used space.

    The numbers to the right, shown in gigabytes (GB), are all you need. You can organize your notes in the following form:

    Drive letter C:_________________

    Total capacity________________________

    Used space________________________

  4. When you’re done, click the Cancel button to close the drive’s Properties dialog box.

  5. Repeat this procedure for any other hard drives shown in the My Computer window.

  6. You should see, at the bottom of the My Computer window, the Control Panel icon; click it.

    Alternatively, you can select the Control Panel directly from the Start menu. When the Control Panel window appears, double-click the System icon.

  7. On the General tab of the System Properties dialog box that appears, make a note of the following information:


    • Operating system (for example, Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 7)

    • Edition (for example, Home)

    • Last installed Service Pack (for example, SP2)

    • Manufacturer and model number

    • Speed (for example, 1.8 GHz)

    • Amount of main memory (for example, 500MB RAM)