43 replies on How to Share Folders from Mac OS X with Windows 7 & Windows 8 PCs

  1. Joe says:

    Thanks – this is the best tutorial on the topic on the web. I still had some problems getting Windows 7 to see the shared folders (other than Public) until I followed these directions http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841215 (following the Vista directions).

  2. ema says:

    OMG thank you for this. 🙂 After hours of searching and alot of headaches, i have finally solved my networking problem.

  3. amazed says:

    your way works, and i dont have to change the security setting on the windows 7 registry either… wow.
    I’m amazed, you, sir, are a genious 😀

  4. david says:

    thanks for the info. I’m still having trouble, as my Mac is the server in our network. I can see it in my Windows work group, but it won’t allow me to go into it. I’m a user in the Work group in the server, and I’ve checked that SMB is enabled in the server. There aren’t the same options under File Sharing in the Server Admin as you’ve described above. Do you have any ideas where else to look?
    thanks a lot

  5. Sachin says:

    Dude, this is the best tut i could find.

  6. Zac says:

    Everything here works great, except for that it won’t take the alternate user credentials that I’ve set up on the Mac, when I go to make the mapping on the Windows side of things. If I don’t try to do the “other credentials” thing, I suppose I’m going in under the “Everyone” umbrella, but I’d really like to use a specific user account, as described in the article.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      In the username field, write the name of the compute first and then the name of the user account. Something like “\ComputerUser”.

  7. Zac says:

    I think that I got it figured out. I was indeed using the \computeruser format, but it was still rejecting the drive mapping, stating that I already had an existing connection. I tried it from my laptop and it worked just fine.

    What had happened was that I initially set up the mapped drive (on the desktop PC) without adding extra credential information, so I think that it connected me as my current domain user. I subsequently deleted that mapped drive and then tried to connect using the specific user account I had set up on the Mac, but either the Mac or the PC must have remembered that I had previously set it up under my domain account (I checked NET USE, but the mapping was really gone). Since I hadn’t done that previously on the laptop, that’s probably why it let me do it. I imagine that if I reboot the desktop PC (and maybe the Mac, too) and try it again, it would probably work.

  8. Mike says:

    Hmmm, my I am on OS 10.4.11 it looks different than your tutorial , I do not see all the options you show. I only have a “Windows Sharing” box to click, I have none of the other SMB stuff. My road block is that my PC keeps asking for a Network Password, which I cannot get by… any help would be much appreciated….thanks

  9. Mario says:

    “For the folder name, use your Mac’s IP address plus the name of the shared folder – for example: “\”

    Couldn’t you just use the Mac’s computer name instead the Mac’s IP address? In your example, it would be “\JACK-MACBOOKshared”
    That seems to work for me.

  10. Thomas says:

    Hi and thanks for the great tutorial.

    I followed all the steps exactly as described but still I am not able to see any shared folders on my windows 7 PC even though I have already refreshen and searched for wireless devices etc


  11. Daniel Muresanu says:

    Great tutorials. I can access MAC’s folders from my Win7 and can edit, change files etc on both sides. However, I spent several days trying to access folders others than Users but from the MAC. I’m talking about accessing the other drives of my PC. I’ve gone to all Sharing options, Security (I can’t change Owner) but I get the same error on MAC: “You do not have permission to access this server.” Also, on the MAC I cannot modify anything on files transferred with the Migration Assistant.

    Is there anyone who can help us to access all drives and folders of our PCs from the MAC?
    Thank you so much.

  12. Brenton Watt says:

    The best answer I found all day. Thank you for this post. Worked perfectly one time!

  13. Alexandre Rodichevski says:

    Thank you for very clear tutorial.
    Haw can I access DVD o CD from Windows PC after being enabled DVD or CD sharing on MAC side?

  14. blisssan says:

    Hi, Thank you for the tutorial. I have a problem while sharing as u said.. All of my Volumes in my macbook are getting shared to the windows users and it lists the hidden folders in those. How to prevent the volumes from getting shared.

  15. Phillip Wilkie says:

    This does not work with Windows 8. I continuously get told by my credentials are wrong. I am entering machinenameusername then password that I know works as I log onto the machine every day.

  16. Riccardo says:

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. One side point which is quite unclear to me is why Mac OS X by default shares also the whole “Macintosh HD” (it’s clearly visible in your picture) by enabling the samba sharing? How can i prevent the full hdd sharing to be 100% visible?

  17. Alger says:

    Great tutorial!
    Is there any way other users in the network can access my shared folders without entering any credentials? I can’t find a way to do it 🙁
    IMO that’s the whole purpose of sharing files, isn’t it? 😀
    Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      What you want is possible only when sharing from Windows to Windows, with the use of the Homegroup feature.

  18. Guy says:

    @Riccardo – Map your drive, but when you map it on Win7 browse down to the folder you want to share on the Mac… you are only then mapping to the exact folder location.

  19. WindowsAdminHelpingAMacVictim says:

    Windows can see the Mac share. Windows can create a new text file into the Mac share. Primary Mac user account is Folder owner, has Read & Write, but a new text file from Windows via a Secondary Mac user account and Primary doesn’t have permissions. Can Apply to enclosed items and Primary can access but have to repeat this each time Windows sends in a file. Huge AppleFail.

  20. Bill Bako says:

    Hi there. Before one week, my mac was using 10.6.8!
    Now, I use lion 10.7.5 and I hate to type the user name (and press enter), each time I want to access my mac’s files (from a PC).
    This didn’t happened, when I use 10.6.8! My mac’s behavior from the network, was exactly as a PC.
    Is there any way NOT to type the user name of my mac (on the security window) of my pc?

  21. mamoon says:

    How to share my Usb printer from mac book pro to window px

  22. Gerald Aboud says:

    Great tutorial had problems logging on then figured out Windows is very specific about logging in. You must use the same user name as what is stored on your mac including your sir name if it is stored. So for example JohnsimacJohn Doe

  23. JImmy says:

    really concise and clear explanation thanks 🙂

  24. Larry says:

    I followed your instructions however my Windows laptop does not show my Macbookpro anywhere. These are the simplest instruction I could find but I am not getting the connection that I need. Is there something that I am not doing. I’ve done everythin gthat was asked and still no home network access

    • Mark Harrison says:

      The problem you are having is that you are following instructions from an article that is incorrect. The solution is to find different articles elsewhere that resolve the issue correctly. This article is best ignored.

      • Codeye Dave says:

        Gotta love comments like this. “This article is wrong but I’m not going to say why. You should follow another article, but even though I sound like I know what I’m talking about, I’m not going to suggest one.”

        Thanks for advice champ!!

  25. Lesley says:

    Thank you! Had been trying to achieve this for two hours when I found your instructions. Success!


  26. ashish says:

    it shares everything on ma mac,, as i can see in ur snapshot too.. how do i share only the shared folder i made instead sharing everything on mac

  27. Andrew Barnes says:

    Awesome! Many thanks. After struggling for days I found this and it worked great for OS X 10.10.4 🙂

  28. Mike says:

    I can see my Mac on the network, which is not set up with a password. On the Windows side when I attempt to log onto the shared folders, it will not let me proceed without a password, which the Mac does not have. What and where does this password come from?

  29. Julio says:

    FOUND IT! The login user is the Mac name, not the user. The password is the same you use to log in on Mac

  30. Vivian says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Yours is the only tutorial I understood completely and was able to execute without any problems (and I have looked at many). I can now – finally – access my MacBook Pro’s files from my Windows 7 PC.

  31. Alexander says:

    It worked perfectly!

    Vielen Dank!

  32. Ak says:

    No matter how many times I do this, I keep getting it wrong when it comes to specifying the username when I connect from Windows to Mac.
    To my surprise (and I can just remember that I keep getting surprised each time I try it), what worked finally was to put in the user name field the following: WindowsComputerNameusername and the the password. I have 2 user accounts on both machines, with the same password, so this might not be ideal I know. However, I tried for almost an hour all possible combinations (capital small letters, with or without machine anme, etc.) on filling the username field, and it should be actually the MacMachineNameusername that works, but it never did. I finally explicitly worte MyWindowsComputerNameusername and that worked!!. Hope it’s useful for you, and for myself the next time I forget which username worked.

  33. Gerrit Jan Scheggetman says:

    Dear Mr Adrian Russen
    Awesome , Great Genius , Finally got work together my three music computers in a network , running W7 , W10 , and Yosemith on a MacBook pro together , because of your brillant clear contribution above.
    Greetings from the Netherlands

  34. khemicalzz says:

    when I’m on OS X Yosemite this tutorial work very well to sharing both of mac and pc, now I already upgrade to El Capitan on System Preferences>Sharing>File Sharing options a account box bottom of Share files and folder using AFP my account was grey can’t check the box of account.
    Need help.

  35. Jordan says:

    Thank you. I’ve been trying to figure how to do this for a while now. You explanation of using the proper domain name at login did the trick. Thank You!!!

  36. LZain says:

    Hi, I’m having a trouble in the Option Pane. The AFP & SMB boxes are ticked, but the “On” box on the left of my account name can not be ticked. The account name is grey so I can’t select it. What should I do?

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