This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to access your OS X files and folders from Windows Vista.
- First you’ll need to enable File Sharing in OS X. Click the “Apple button” from the main menu, and select System Preferences… from the drop-down list. In the Internet & Network section, click the Sharing icon.
- Place a check in the File Sharing box, then click the Options… button.
- Now place a check in the box labeled Share files and folders using SMB. Finally, place a check in the box next to the user name (account) you want to connect to your Mac with.
- You’ll be prompted to enter the password for the user name you want to connect to your Mac with. Enter it now.
- Now click Done and close the System Preferences window.
- In Vista, click the Start button and select Network. If your Mac is listed, skip down to step #9.
If you get a yellow “bar” telling you that File Sharing is disabled, click that bar.
- Select Turn on network discovery and file sharing.
- Now you’ll be prompted with a window asking if you want to turn on Network discover and file sharing for all public networks, or just “private” network (like the computers in your home network). In all likelihood you’ll want to select No, make the network I am connected to a private network, but if you know for certain you want discovery and file sharing enabled for public network, select it.
- And now all of the computers – including your Mac – will be listed. Double-click the icon that for your Mac.
- In the User name: field enter your user name in the format:
“Your-Mac-Name” is the name of the icon you just double-clicked. And yes, it is case sensitive. Your user name is your OS X user name – which can be found in the Accounts section of your System Preferences. Then enter your password in the Password: field.
- Now you can access all of your OS X files and folders from Vista!