OS X Mountain Lion: Set up a Windows computer to share files with Mac users

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Set up a Windows computer to share files with Mac users

You can set up a Windows computer to share files with other users on your network, including Mac users.

To let users connect to a Windows computer from a Mac computer, you need to share a folder on the Windows computer.

Set up sharing on the Windows computer

To share a folder, right-click the folder’s icon and choose Properties. Click the Share tab and follow the onscreen instructions.

You may need to disable the Internet Connection Firewall in the Advanced pane of the device’s properties. If you can’t disable the Internet Connection Firewall, make sure TCP port 445 is open.

You may need to restart the Windows computer after setting it up.

If you have never set up the Windows computer for sharing, open My Network Places and follow the onscreen instructions to set up a home or small office network.

Connect to the Windows computer

To connect to the Windows computer, Mac users need the network address for the computer, the workgroup name, and the user name and password for the shared folder. To find this information, do the following:

  • To see the computer’s workgroup name and computer name, open the System control panel, and click the Computer Name tab.
  • To see the names of user accounts available on the computer, open the User Accounts control panel.
  • To see the Internet Protocol (IP) address and Domain Name System (DNS) name of the computer, look in the Details pane of the Explorer. You may need to open the Network Connection control panel and select the connection you’re using. The information appears in the Explorer bar.

For detailed instructions, see this help topic:

Connect to a Windows computer from a Mac

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015