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Sharing between Windows 7 and MAc 10.6 Snow Lwopard

I need to share files BOTH WAYS between Mac OS 10.6 (latest rev - 10.6.3 at the time of this post) and Windows 7 Premium. Both computers are on a private network and both are on the same workgroup.

I followed this tutorial:

and I got part of the way there. This tutorial shows me how to set up sharing using the "Sharing" pref pane. I set up a few folders for sharing to specific users (me) from the PC. I set permissions properly, and enabled SMB. Everything was by the book (I have shared between XP and older macs in the past, this is not totally new to me).

For some reason, my Win 7 box is only able to see my public folder. I can set that folder (using the sharing panel in OSX) to read and write, so I can move files to and from it in Win7, but none of the other folders I shared on my Mac are available in Win7.

I am accessing my shares in Win7 like this:


that's my Mac's static IP and then the Desktop is one of my shared folders on the Mac.

When I type that, I get an error in Win7 that says that folder is not accessible, and that I may not have permission. I am not prompted for a username/password at any point in the process.

the only way I am able to access the Mac's public folder is because I type "" in Windows 7 and I am presented with a list of shared printers on my Mac and then the public folder. My other Mac shares are not listed there.

What am I doing wrong?

Oh, one more thing. Is there a good tutorial anywhere for sharing Win7 folders to my Mac? All the ones I have found are not working.

God, I really hate Windows sometimes.



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A few more things...

I can ping the Mac fron Win7, but I cannot ping Win7 from the Mac.

I still have NEVER been asked for a login or password when trying to access the Win7 box from my Mac.

The Win7 box is plugged into my Mac's 2nd ethernet port. That 2nd port has its own static IP ( and the Windows box also has its own static IP ( Both are on subnet and both use as the Router Address.

In other words, this is a PRIVATE network between the Mac and this PC. I do this because then I do not have to install all the system-slowing virus crap that our IT dept requires (they hobble machines with their required software). This PC will never see the light of a public network.


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