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Mac vs. Windows: The “McDo WiFi Guide” Revelation




This McDonald’s brochure for the store’s WiFi Guide paints a clear picture between the Windows and the Mac OS X operating systems; but that really depends on where you’re coming from.

The brochure shows step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the McDo WiFi and it clearly shows the Windows operating system taking 2 out fo the 3 pages while it’s barely half a page for the Mac {via}.

There’s a catch though — the instructions for connecting WiFi on Windows OS includes 3 variants — XP, Vista and Win 7; while on the Mac, it’s just one (they didn’t bother separating Tiger, Leopard and Lion).

Second, the instructions for the Windows users assumed that the PC is set up manually and needs to be changed to Automatic. ON the Mac, they assumed the network is set to Automatic.

Of course, depending on what operating system you frequently use, one might have a totally different understanding.

A Mac user would say “reminds me why I chose the Mac in the first place.“.

A Windows user would say “well, now we know who’s the nerd, right?“.

So, what would you say?



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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58 Responses

  1. Lezuric says:

    Hello World

  2. haroh says:

    The instructions were obviously made in favor of Mac.

    Windows are not set to Manual IP config by default but the instructions assumed your laptop is set to Manual mode making the process look longer and complicated for an average user.

    Oh well. I’ll just get my self a cheeseburger.

  3. Louie Ang says:

    The line “So, what would you say?” is just inviting a Mac vs Windows war here. I can imagine the comments now

  4. john says:

    baka wala masyadong mac users na nakikiconnect so they didn’t bother with the detailed instructions (mas marketable ang pc users tingnan mo walang instructions for us linux users)

    • supernaut says:

      they maybe thought that you (linux user) are techie enough to know how to connect to any wifi :D

  5. Teknisyan says:

    It still depends on which OS you are most proficient with.

    btw… no steps for Linux users?

  6. boggart says:

    why go to mcdo for wifi? totally takes the fun out of eating your big mac! life. live it!

    • chinitoguy says:

      And besides eating JUNK FOOD is not healthy. McDonald’s is planning to compete with Starbucks soon. McDo will change its menu and improve its coffee offers. They will also match what Starbucks unique customer service has. I doubt they could do that. So why go to McDonald’s for free Wi-Fi? I still prefer JOLLIBEE or STARBUCKS or even COFFEE BEAN.

  7. Rodrigo H. Madelo Jr says:

    I doubt. Setting a connection in in Windows is really as easy as the Mac is. You could just click the network on the notifications and choose the available connection you want to connect to.

    The brochure’s instructions on setting up the free wifi, particularly on Windows, contains the manual way to configure the connection. It would be shorter if you would intent to. Same also for the Mac machines, it would really take too much if you will intently make it long.

    So I guess the one who made the brochure is a loyal user of Apple machine(s). And as it looks, he/she doesn’t know the easier way to connect in Windows.

  8. nameless says:

    Sorry Windows and Mac users. Linux users are the real winner. No need for those dummy instructions. We just know how to make it work :)

    • deuts says:

      Ayos! That’s the spirit! If you knew how to install a Linux OS into your machine, syempre dapat alam mo din pano configure mga drivers ng wifi card mo para maging automatic na yan! wala talagang tatalo dun! hahahah

    • Jazon says:

      +1 we don’t need silly instruction manuals from a clown!

    • darkhorse 427 says:

      amen! ubuntu lts user, no need for instruction! who’s the geek now?!

  9. charles says:

    mac is simply amazing. so neat and powerful

  10. chinitoguy says:

    This sucks! I am an APPLE HATER and a LOYAL MICROSOFT WINDOWS USER. Stirring a competition between Apple’s OS X and Microsoft’s Windows is good since Windows is coming with revolution with its Windows 8. Can’t wait…

  11. nonono says:

    I do not get this post? does this imply the boss yuga is a mac fan boy?

  12. Disrupjon says:

    Hi! I have both own a mac and windows laptop, and truth to be told, connecting internet with a mac is as fluid as it gets, 3 years of no hassle whether here at home, at the coffee shop or malls!

    On the other side, If your an advance user, yes, you will have no problem connecting with Windows…That is, If it works all the time.. but seriously, its not! There are times that it just stops working with the connection, you have to restart this, reboot that, some modems or routers needs additional drivers blah blah.. so what you do? You have to manually configure, or add the connection, much like this mcdo flyer is telling us.

  13. Earl says:

    What would i say? Well, if you’re a wifi user regardless of OS/system, you should know how to set it up without having to go thru a printed instruction at all..

  14. fr0stbyte says:

    So uh.. I did it in four steps on my PC. lol

  15. Funny. Last I checked, connecting to Wifi using Windows 7 only involved clicking the WiFi signal on the notification area, then choosing the network you wish to connect to.

  16. 123 says:

    obviously, its biased MACdo! most mac users let people know them. they just cant afford to keep on ground.

  17. Adrian Maaliw says:

    nice service from mcdo helps mac or windows users to guide for a connection.

    pls dont complicate things. make it SIMPLIFY…

  18. D says:

    That just about reflect the number of people who use Windows versus Mac- still around 9 Windows to 1 Mac

  19. Apache says:

    Nice One they based something “BIG” in something “small”. Okay one question? Where are the Mac OS Computer Shop last 1995-Present Just stating the Obvious when I was a kid playing Ragnarok last 1996 first shop I played with I used Windows still then going in different Computer shop and played, I never even in manila Spotted a Mac OS Computer Shop ever so don’t even Compare a simple WiFi Connection to that thing common simplicity is one thing but S********. I think I will just keep it simple enjoy yourself. DISCLAIMERS DO NOT EVEN TRY TO REPLY I WILL NEVER EVEN TALK TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU. Have Fun  Always Smile

  20. bee says:

    it’s really no big deal, if you really know how to use your computer, whether it’d be a mac, windows or linux laptop, you’d never really have to bother reading a flyer to connect to a wifi hotspot. OS’s try their best to help users do things easily, it just that they have different approaches in their implementation. at the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preference, it’s what you want to use, or what you are used to.

  21. Steve Jobs says:

    Simple Logic.

    McDonald’s is not for Mac users. Walang tatambay sa McDonald na naka Mac. Yung may mga netbook lang siguro na nakiki WIFI lang.

  22. neil says:

    doesn’t matter if the instructions are long or short, complicated or simple… macs will always be macs and windows will always be windows… WE ARE GETTING FREE INTERNET WHILE EATING OUR BURGER!!! being a FANBOY is just so OVERRATED!!! just make sure your drink doesn’t spill all over your “80K” laptops…

  23. Marck says:

    Naku, pahirapan na rin maghanap ng upuan sa Mcdo nyan

  24. Wilson says:

    Doesn’t matter. Both can connect almost at the same time. A 1 yr old boy will spend years connecting even using macbook air.

    • garz says:

      of course he will. he’s 1 year old boy who can’t read nor write. How’s he supposed to connect in that instant?

  25. garz says:

    I think those long steps applies only to xp. In win7 all you need to do is click on the network button on the system tray and select the desired network. Right?

  26. Jeric says:

    Never had a problem connecting to wifi on windows.. unless there is a third party driver that conflicts to the native wifi network of windows. It’s just easy as the one on mac.. Meron pa ba talaga hindi marunong mag wifi? I’m sure if you have a laptop, you then know how to connect to a wifi network.

  27. rene says:

    it’s mcdo who is over estimating…

  28. Messie says:

    So many witty (and some dumb) comments! I wish I can up/downvote here similar to reddit. Panalo iyung iba eh! haha! =D Keep it coming guys!

  29. xxxxx says:

    just get a mac n try it out. stop saying windows does wifi better. windows wins on a lot of feats but not in simple wifi connections. both op systems have their share of flaws.

  30. agvu says:

    well, windows 7 configures much faster than vista or xp. although it doesnt configure as fast as the mac’s. but if one needs to set up a proxy server, it’s virtually the same.

  31. It all depends to the one who wants to use it.

  32. Iyan Sommerset says:

    I’m guessing the person who created the brochure hasn’t used a Windows PC at all and needed to download a guide from the internet.

    All I did was boot up my Win7 netbook, click on “WiFi networks detected” and clicked on the McDo WiFi option.

    Flaw in their logic though – most WinXP systems use proprietary WiFi control software. I personally know the Intel ProSet controls differ significantly from the ones used by Atheros and Broadcom chips and that some override the stock WinXP wireless controls so that you *have* to use the proprietary control software.

    And kawawa naman mga naka-Linux, no love from McDo. :P Kahit Ubuntu man lang, being the one distro geared towards non-geeks.

    • radioactive_balut says:

      Don’t worry we Linux users can deal with our wifi connections with or without “how to connect” guides. It’s not as difficult as everybody thinks it was.

    • noob says:

      @ radioactive_balut

      exactly! nung una nga halos mga programmer lang gumagamit nyan. buti nga ngaun may mga easy to install ng mga distro. most of them doesn’t need a dumb guide like that to operate a computer.

    • gothiccreed says:

      The fact you’ve chosen Linux as your operating system simply means you’re ready for troubleshooting challenges even if distros like Ubuntu are now on the market.

    • gothiccreed says:

      Yeah…. poor linux users….

      Next thing you know that linux user wielding an old circa 2000 toshiba laptop already have all the details of your surfing because you’re not really connected to Mcdo’s wiki router but to his/her dummy access point :)

    • radioactive_balut says:

      ^hahaha indeed. Aircrack baby!

  33. User45 says:

    I don’t really get the idea of going to Mcdo or any Public WiFi area you could thing of and use your laptop (Mac/Win) to surf the net. That’s why they invented the tablet and the smartphone.

  34. Tim says:

    No big deal for me. The goal of the brochure is to help either type of users. Although I must commend Apple that their design is well-thought of, there’s very little need to change how the user interface looks like (or where to look for things) even when they upgrade their OS.

    Windows is the primary product of Microsoft (is it still?), so they need to make the user feel unsatisfied somehow for each upgrade. Apple’s primary business is hardware, so they make you feel unsatisfied on the hardware end whenever a new one comes.

  35. jonas says:

    Tried this in my android tab. It works fine

  36. magdiwang says:

    +1 radioactive_balut

  37. jlox says:

    +2 radioactive_balut

  38. jay says:

    Macdo ee hahaha Microsoft p din ako haha

  39. japong says:

    Windows differ on the wifi card drivers as PC has different hardware options/manufacturers, while a mac is a mac.

  40. Epstein says:

    Why does McDo think that an average Windows user have the WiFi settings on manual? By default, Windows has it on “Automatic” it does not change to manual by itself. I find that weird. If the user have the settings on manual obviously he or she knows how to change it back to automatic. All that McDo has to say is “Hey! We use automatic Wi-Fi settings!”

    I use both Windows and Ubuntu. I find the logic weird. What if the Mac is on manual settings?

  41. Wakocoke says:

    Windows = Nerds
    Mac = Tech Noobs

  42. Jhay says:

    What about us Linux users? ;)

  43. Bryan says:

    mac is build out of commonsense.

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