Differences Between Windows and Mac OS

Viewing Things

Mac OS

In Mac OS, You will find complete freedom to customize the operating environment.
You can determine a view style (icons, buttons, or list) for each of the windows, or a general style for all. If you drag something to the icon of a disc or folder, its content opens up alone. You can navigate the entire system in this way.

Windows

Windows discourages customization of your workspace. It is difficult for a user to get lost on someone else’s PC because everything is very similar. The system has little that is worth customizing. For the Mac maniacs this is a failure, not an advantage.

In Windows, by browsing the disks you need to choose between Explorer, My Computer and Internet Explorer, each with different interfaces and functions. If you add or change an item in a list, you still need to type [F5] so it takes its place.

Changing Things In Place

Mac OS

All folders – even the System Folder – can be rearranged anyway, at any time. If the hard disk is too full, you can move the folder from one program to another disk and the program will continue to function normally. This is true even for the operating system. You can copy the System Folder to another disk and mark it as a starting drive in a simple control panel.

Windows

There are several reserved folders that you cannot change: Windows, Program Files, Program Files (yes, it’s the same thing, but some systems sometimes have both folders) and several others. Anything changed and part of the system or an application will be scandalized. Nor is it worth using your HD as a starting point for disk navigation. Better create a desktop shortcut for your personal folder and do not dwell on the rest. In Windows, you always have to uninstall and reinstall the application, even if it is to change it only from folder and not from disk.

Installing and Uninstalling

Mac OS

Just launch fonts, sounds, panels, extensions and preferences files over the System Folder icon, which Mac will put in place. Virtually every uninstall in Mac OS boils down to placing the program folder in the trash.

Windows

You’ll even be able to install items on the system, even if you’re using menu commands or installer apps instead of dragging icons. But there is a constant danger that some dumb installer will burn an auxiliary file (DLL, VXD, etc.) onto a more recent version of itself, causing a problem with the system.

In Windows, removing something is so complicated that almost all the applications that are installed come with special uninstall programs, whose function is to locate the application components scattered around the disk and delete them, delete the shortcuts of the program in the Start menu, delete all registry rows and configuration files that reference the program etc.

There is a Windows control panel called Add / Remove Programs, but do not be surprised to note that only one or two installed programs are listed by the system as un-installable. If you are looking for complete Windows activation, then you will need the right code.

Trash

Mac OS

The recycle bin has the same behavior as a normal folder.

Windows

Microsoft has created a dump that does not work right (no pun intended). For example, you can even set the recycle bin to have a maximum automatic size, but you cannot uninstall programs by throwing them into it, or viewing the contents of folders that are inside it.

Icons

Mac OS

You can change the icon of anything – and go back to the original icon whenever you want. You can try and collate folders with icons to copy them to wherever you want.

Windows

You simply cannot change the icon for a folder, disk, or file individually. Icons can only be changed globally: one icon for all folders. What’s the fun?

Aliases (Shortcuts)

Mac OS

The system always opens the original item instantly and knows how to find items on disks of other machines through the network. The alias can always be redirected.

Windows

Shortcuts in Windows do not automatically find the original item if it is renamed or moved. In some versions of Windows, they just cannot find it.

Clippings

Mac OS

Just drag a text or an image from a window to the desktop to create a clipping (file that can be viewed without the use of any application). There are also clippings that serve as aliases for Internet addresses. Just drag any address (Web, FTP, email etc.) to the desktop: an alias appears that only needs to be clicked to lead to the address.

Windows

Windows also has clippings, but they are compatible with few programs.

Internet to Internet Integration

Mac OS

The Mac comes with the ability to search the Internet without having to open a browser and then go to the search sites. Just open Sherlock, specify which search engines should be used simultaneously and that’s it! The list of found sites appears, with a summary of the text of each one. There are dozens of search engines available for Sherlock, and the number increases every day.

Windows

Microsoft has strenuously tried to tame the Internet by making it possible to browse your disk in a similar fashion to Web pages. It has been rejected by users as well as Explorer channels that created direct links to websites with the desktop.
On the other hand, automatic updates over the network, which many people associate with the Big Brother, were quickly copied by Apple.

File Formats and File Names

Mac OS

Any icon on your Mac can have any name, regardless of whether it is a file, folder, disk, etc. The Mac always knows the nature of each item, because the file type code is embedded in it. Mac OS also knows how to automatically associate installed programs with a wide range of file types from outside.

Windows

Windows talk a lot of the long file names. But the three-letter extensions still do. If you rename any file without it, it becomes meaningless to the system. If the file is OK but the extension does not appear, it is only because the system is set not to show it in a cosmetic measure.