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How to share files between Windows and Mac OS X

Question

How do I share files between Windows and Mac OS X?

Solution

To share files between any two machines they will need to be on the same network. The easiest way of doing this is connecting both machines to a common hub, switch, or router. A crossover cable can suffice as well, but it isn't typically recommended as it has many limitations. Once the machines are connected under the same network, you can use either the Mac or the PC as the host.

Using Windows as the host

  1.  File sharing first needs to be enabled on the Windows machine. This process is different depending on the version of Windows.
    • Windows 7:
      • Go to Control Panel
      • Choose Network and Sharing Center
      • Choose Homegroup and Sharing options
      • Change Advanced Sharing Settings
      • Under the File and Printer Sharing section click "Turn on File and Printer Sharing"
      • Save Changes
    • Windows 8:
      • Go to Control Pane l
      • Choose Network and Internet
      • Choose Network and Sharing Center
      • Change Advanced Sharing Settings
      • Under the File and Printer Sharing section click "Turn on File and Printer Sharing"
      • Save Changes
    • Windows 10:
      • Go to Settings
      • Choose Network and Internet
      • Choose Sharing Options
      • Under the File and Printer Sharing section click "Turn on File and Printer Sharing"
      • Save Changes​​​​​​​
  2. Next, we need to connect to the Windows machine from the Mac. You can do this in one of two ways:
    • Option 1:
      • Open up a finder window, and on the left pane you will see shared machines under the "Shared" heading.
      • Find the name of the windows machine you wish to share with.
      • Click on the machine to bring up a folder view where you can drag and drop files to/from the shared folder.
    • Option 2:
      • Select finder
      • Click Go > Connect to Server (Shortcut for this is Command+K)
      • Type in the prefix smb:// followed by the ip address or hostname of the windows machine. For example: smb://192.168.1.102 or smb://MyPC

Using Mac OS X as the host

  1. File sharing first needs to be enabled on the Mac machine.
    • Go to System Preferences
    • Click on the Sharing category
    • Click the check box next to "File Sharing"
    • Click the options button
    • Check the box next to "Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)"
  2. Important: Make a note of the address (IP or Hostname) of the Mac. It will be listed at the top of the sharing window.
  3. Next, we need to connect to the Mac machine from Windows.
    • Go to Start
    • Use the Quick Search bar to type in \\ followed by the address of the Mac. For example: \\192.168.1.102 or \\MyMac

Details

Article ID: 33750
Created
Thu 7/20/17 12:06 PM
Modified
Fri 2/9/18 1:45 PM