McDonald’s Inadvertently Endorses A Mac To All Their Customers [Humor]


McDonalds Wi-Fi Guide. Windows VS Mac ..

We all know that Macs are easy to use, but this just takes the cake. Notice the instructions for setting up Mac.. er McDonalds free Wi-Fi on Windows and the Mac.

As John Gruber notes, “There is no step four.”

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  • Kyle

    Love it !

  • W.T.Effyall

    Windows fans like to call Macs “dumbed down.”

    I prefer to think of them as “smarter.”

  • gerenm63

    Macs and McDonald’s together. Fit’s their “I’m lovin’ it!” advertising campaign perfectly!

  • ralphtweety

    Uh… Yea…

  • GDal

    What do you call someone who takes 20 steps to perform a 4 step operation? – A moron?

    What do you call a tool that takes 20 steps to do what a better one does in 4? – Replaced!

  • ar_augusto

    ROFL! What a McFail for Windows!

  • KateMacVerde

    More like “we all know Macs are easy to use,” not “Mac’s.”

    The misuse of apostrophes in our society is disgusting.

  • cottenhamr

    Windows is 3 steps as well.  Whomever wrote this obviously didn’t like Windows and made it a point to show the hardest approach possible.  Windows Vista and 7: Turn your Wifi on, View available networks, type in passphrase. 

    Come on this article is just silly.  Anyone who believes it takes this much is just trying to find something wrong with Windows.

  • Mike Rathjen

    I disagree. I have to write step-by-step instructions for Windows and one of the most frustrating things is when reviewers say that the procedure doesn’t match what they see on their machine. I check this out, and determine that they’ve have a different service pack, or different edition, or they’ve set up a classic layout, or changed the view, or whatever, such that even fundamentally important things like the Control Panel will appear to be different and will work differently.

    There is usually a consistent method across all editions of a particular version of Windows, and despite any customizations, and that’s to go with the longest procedure starting at the start button. I don’t want to write seventeen different procedures, so I go with the long procedure every time as being the base one that will always work.

  • cottenhamr

    If that is the case you can make the exact same argument for Mac then.  For the Windows side of the manual they go through the whole thing of setting DHCP, which isn’t necessary.  You can make the same screens and arguments for a Mac. 

    Vista and 7 made this extremely simple.

  • Ryan Harrell

    Except on Macs you can go with simplest method because it IS consistant across all systems.  So the same argument can’t be made for macs.  

    I use Mac, Windows and Linux on a regular basis and I wouldn’t say I have a bias to any one system in particular.  I will say that Win 7 is a HUGE improvement over any previous Windows OS and it has simplified things extensively.  But Mac is still the most user-friendly and simple to use OS out there. Windows has certain strengths, particularly in the enterprise environment. Unfortunately because of that it is an inherently more complex system, and much less consistant across all install bases. Linux has the same issue to an even more drastic extent. Each has their strengths though, and I wouldn’t knock any one of them in their proper environment.

  • Bee

    On Mac it could be just one click if your AirPort had already been on. :)

  • AvoidDroid

    Liking Windows so much…What are you doing at Cult of MAC ???

  • cottenhamr

    Because I absolutely love Macs the same.  What I don’t love is the bashing that goes on in the articles.  Remember, the article started it, I didn’t. 

    They all have their purpose.  Macs are extremely user friendly and the UI is amazing.  In a mission critical environment I would choose Windows over a Mac in a heartbeat.  Just depends on the use.  For this article, I would disagree with what was printed.  Windows Vista and 7 are extremely easy to connect to a wireless network and do NOT require a user to enter the screens above.

  • AvoidDroid

    I visit a lot of forums. Mostly Mac forums, but some PC and lots of “neutral” tech sites. This article is nothing compared to the vitriol that gets hurled at Apple products elsewhere. An article, say, reviewing the new Macbook Airs (“neutral site”) spurs pc fanboys to derogate every aspect of the product and the Apple product line. The comments are bitter, hateful flights of fantasy intended to degrade the momentum Apple is achieving . This article’s information is founded on an actual printed guide to wi-fi.
    Whether the guide is incorrect isn’t really the issue, it’s the fact that the guide exists and that the information ( misinformation?) is out there that urged the article.

  • Obi_Juan

    This is great

  • Brian Bufalo

    I remember getting software that was cross platform and included directions for Windows and Mac. Windows was always elaborate, drawn out explanations of updating drivers, completing all updates, defragging hard drives, etc. The directions for Macs…click and drag.

  • oakdesk23

    While technically speaking the steps for Windows will work, they are unnecessary. Windows has the same three step process as a Mac. Conversely, I could drag out the OS X process to 15 steps as well.

  • Peter Munkholm

    Notice how it is not there for Windows 7?

    Maybe because if W7 finds an open WiFi, it just asks you if you want to connect, that is a 1 step guide :)

  • FenTiger

    I have a Korg nanokey synth keyboard. To get it working on Windows it takes downloading drivers and configuring things, that became a real headache. When I switched to Mac, I plugged it in and it worked. It may be that Apple are more focussed on supporting music tech, but Windows is used by plenty of people who want to make music with their computers. This is just one experience that shows why I and may others are giving up using Windows, because OS X allows me to get on with what I want to do. Why should the tool get in the way of the job you’re trying to do?

  • liamdaly

    exactly, connecting to wifi on windows 7  is just as simple and can be done in a few steps…

  • liamdaly

    I noticed this too, seems unfair towards Windows

  • Michael De

    Thankfully non-retarded people can see that the instructions for Windows 7 can be put into three easy steps too. And linux users have it just as easy (provided they’re using one of the standard desktop environments).

  • Adeel Ejaz

    Pretty evident that this guide was made by a Mac user. For *any* Windows including XP!

    1. Right-click the WiFi icon in the notification area and choose “View Available Networks”.
    2. Choose “McDonald’s Free WiFi”.
    3. Open the browser.

    I’m sure I can make a 10 step guide to setup wifi on Mac and go in detail to change IP settings, DHCP and network preferences.

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  • oakdesk23

    I bought a printer specifically for Mac, it’s an HP. It works great, I can scan and print wireless, and almost no setup is required.

    No setup, no drivers, means no options. My printer treated paper like Jackson Pollock treats a canvas—spew paint [ink] all over it. Installing HP’s drivers gave me the options I wanted…

  • Peter Wackadoo

    I’m sorry. This is ridiculous. For all Windows computers that have WiFi capability, you do this.

    1. Click the WiFi icon in your task bar
    2. Choose McDonalds Free WiFi from the list and click connect
    3. Open your browser

    I have NEVER had to do ANY of those steps on any version of Windows from XP on. All of those things are done by default. Those steps are just silly.

    And I am not a Mac basher. I love them and Apple products, but just had to say something here.

  • Manoj Chandrasekar

    It’s wrong. Windows is just as simple too. They’ve written wrong. And, instructions for Windows 7 :
    1. Click Yes when Windows asks if you want to connect to McDonald’s FREE WiFi.

    ..There is no step 2.

  • Kendall Tawes

    Usually unnecessary but remember that Windows still can’t automatically detect changes in a networks password encryption method. If I create a network that uses WPA and then later change it to WPA2 (without changing the network name) Windows will not automatically ask me for the new WPA2 password. I have to go in and manually change the password to WPA2. It’s a glaring fault that no other operating system seems to have.

  • Kendall Tawes

    I think that’s because you bought a HP. HP is not the printer company it was 20 years ago.

  • Aaron Sherman

    Just because it’s not the most misleading bit of trade press out there, doesn’t mean it’s worthy of a Mac apologist. I’m not a Mac guy, but I’m not a Windows guy either, and I have to say that I find the “they threw mud, so I’m going to rant about how awful McDonalds’ tech support is,” kind of off-putting when I think about getting a Mac. I don’t want to play in the kiddie pool (mind you, Windows has forever been the kiddie pool, so I’m not playing favorites, here).

  • Aaron Sherman

    Yep. Click network icon, lower left; select free WiFi service of choice; select “Connect.” The rest of what’s on that Scottish Restaurant’s train wreck of a document appears to be troubleshooting for problems that occur on all platforms (mangled proxies, hard-coded DHCP settings, third party software you’ve installed to “help” with networking, etc).

  • Aaron Sherman

    Premature optimization is usually the pitfall I find Macs falling into. It’s probably the right problem to have, but they can be stubborn about fixing such issues. My first example, and the one that kept me away from Macs for a decade or more was back in the early days when a Mac that I was working with had a serial port, and I wanted to connect a serial line-printer. The pain was immense because the UI assumed all printers were, of course, parallel, and probably laser printers that spoke PostScript. It was possible, but it was maximally painful because that wasn’t the model that the “smart” interface wanted you to use.

    As long as you stay on the approved path, Macs are smart. With Windows, there’s some of that, but for the most part there’s no approved path. This makes Windows harder to use in the most common cases, but don’t forget that there’s a tradeoff there.

    I prefer to work with Linux, where the approved path is discouraged, and as Wesley said, “Life _is_ pain, highness. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.” ;-)

  • Aaron Sherman

    No, no. We all know that Mac’s are easy to use. Mac’s Laminated Pages has the best WiFi setup instructions you can buy, go check out his store! ;-)

  • Aaron Sherman

    OK, so that’s a problem (glaring, I’m not so sure, but yes, a problem). Why do we need a giant page of instructions for “click on the network icon; select the McD WiFi, select ‘Connect'”? It’s not that Windows is easy to use, it’s that this example demonstrates only that McDonalds is not the place to go for technical instructions.

  • Brandon Sachs

    I agree, The mac instructions are the normal ones, but the PC ones include
    checking all the settings on the machine. They could skip that and it
    would be the same for both, or they could include all of those
    complicated settings on the mac.

    This was obviously created by someone trying really hard to insult PC.

    It’s as if they advertised car instructions like this:


    Step 1: check taillights, headlights, break lights, and dome light. Check tire psi level against manual and information inside gas cap. Siphon gas and verify octane.
    Step 2: Check mirrors, seat position, and seatbelts.
    Step 3: Check battery power level using multimeter, verify correct voltage and wattage.
    Step 4: Check area to make sure there are no obstructions in front of vehicle, check local weather and traffic reports to verify trip is possible.
    Step 5: Turn ignition key
    Step 6: Drive car slowly.


    Step 1: Turn key and drive! Enjoy!

  • Karl Hepler

    This is just making sure you have DHCP enabled in Windows. Although it is enabled by default, a lot of company computers are set to manual IP addresses by their company’s IT for various reasons. Mac also has this feature, however, the likelihood of a Mac user knowing enough to set their IP address manually is much lower than that of a PC user. Plus, most people go to McDonald’s for lunch – ie. business professionals bringing their business computers, so this is useful information for them. The Mac version is just as potentially difficult as the Windows version.

  • downes

    All that means is that when the Mac connection doesn’t work – and there are many cases where this happens – there’s no way to fix it. Three steps is all you get, and if those don’t work, you didn’t need WiFi.

  • Justrollinm8

    Comparing a 2009-2010 OS to a 2001 OS.

    I love the underhandedness of this site, you really are just dumbasses.

  • twitter-98639831

    I used XP, Vista and now a Mac.

    For XP you need 5 clicks, vista 2 clicks and mac also 2 clicks. All the EXTRA steps, you don’t need it on Windows.

    We could also do like this on a MAC:
    1. Click on Settings icon in the Dock
    2. Go to Network
    3. Select AirPort
    4. Click on drop-down next to Network Name and select McDonalds Wifi

    Stupid thing from McDonalds to it like this!

    But then again XP is 15 years old…. People should just stop using that system and go for Windows 7 to make their lives better. 

  • reesesloverb

    If there is no password required and your wifi is already turned on, macs will just connect you. 0 steps.  i believe we win

  • Gregg Cerenzio

    Actually, Macs make things that are simple on a Windows machine, and makes them a pain. I hated all my Macs, and am now Mac Free. Swew

  • Gregg Cerenzio

    P.S. The windows directions are total BS. If this isn’t fake, it was written by a dumbass. Probably a Mac User….

  • Gregg Cerenzio

    Lol, so you want a machine that holds your hands and connects you to networks whether you want to or not?  Typical Mac…..   and,  “WE” Win…. who exactly is WE? You accomplished nothing. You just USE (by paying for it) what others did. If anybody won anything, it isn’t you.

  • reesesloverb

    I was more of referring to the fact that we win for being smart enough to choose the better computer, not saying that I was smart enough to make the awesome computer.