14 Comments to How to Access Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shared Folders from Mac OS X

  1. Dennis says:

    Firstly thanks for the info. For some my mac does not find my windows 7 machine.
    Is there a network setting I need to have changed/checked.

    Any advice would be great


    1. emmanuel says:

      Using parallel desktop (Vm-ware) i installed windows 7on my mac-book, then installed a program (peach-tree) on the windows Vm. I want to use my mac-book and access the peach-tree files on the server that is using windows.

  2. Dennis says:

    I should have known this. Dont forget to add you mac ip address to your anti-virus. I have strict settings 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for a great guide but I got one problem: I don’t have a password for my windows, so I can’t type one during setup (after the connect to server step).

    What to do?

    If I leave it empty it says that the password is invalid, contact admin.

  4. matt says:

    Great tutorial. Very handy and the definitive guide I was looking for. I only wish I found this page before rummaging through others (with no success). Thanks so much for posting!

  5. lousifers says:

    Thanks. Works for me

  6. MY says:

    I had difficulty connecting my MacBook Air to my Windows 7 PCs as well. For me Netgear Router was preventing the access. I had to uncheck:

    Enable Wireless Isolation

    If checked, the wireless client under this SSID can only access internet and it can‘t access other wireless clients even under the same SSID, Ethernet clients or this device. Other clients can‘t access the wireless client, either.

  7. Blackspatula says:

    Thank you so much! After HOURS of research, this easy to do method enabled me to network my PC (Win 7) and MACBOOK. A Lifesaver!

  8. Chad says:

    Matching the workgroup is key. Thanks for that!
    I have been though MS windows training and they always said “the workgroup is ONLY a logical grouping of computers” (to make it easy to browse in large environments)….apparently this is not true when it comes to sharing with a Mac that is the piece I needed. Works now! Thanks.

  9. chw says:

    how about dealing with domains (rather than workgroups)? any special considerations?

  10. Danish says:

    I am running iOS on vmware of MAC. there is no ethernet. I am using wireless connectivity. iOS virtual machine is not showing network other than ethernet. not able to show win 7 shared folder.
    what to do?

  11. John Groat says:

    Hi Ciprian, Many thanks for that!. I had done this setup between PC and Mac on my workgroup over 10 times (winXP to Mac OSX 10.4 all the way up to Win 8.1 and OSX 10.(?)) but must have stumbled on the answer every other time, although I had never set up the WINS side of the equation before.

    Why do we have to endure other people filling our search engines with queries that match ours, only to be answered by the challenged idiot who thinks that switching off the electric toaster solved his/her problem?

    I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to document this procedure so thoroughly. I have bookmarked it (which will ensure that I never find it again)


  12. thomas Ghislain says:

    I have follow al the steps but my will not connect to the shared folder on my Windows 7 pc? i have don a ping test and the result was ok, the i’ve tested with another windows pc and i could connect to the shared folder, just with OSX mavericks it will not work.

    What to do.

  13. theanswer says:

    Make sure your Windows machine has the correct system time. (thanks qfactor)

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