You may want to share files from windows XP to Mac OS X computer. In this guide you will learn how to share files, folder or drive on Windows XP and how to mount a folder or drive on Mac to access shared files/folder or drive. Make sure both Mac and PC are using same wireless or LAN internet connection.
Share Windows XP Files with Mac OS X
First we need to enable sharing for folder on XP computer that contains the files we want to share.
Right-click on the folder and select Properties option from the menu to share and then click on Sharing tab.
If you are sharing the whole drive then you will be asked to understand the risk of sharing complete drive, so click on the link as shown below.
Click on the Share this folder on the network check-box and type a proper name in then “Share name” text box. Also check the “Allow network users to change my files” check-box if you want to give permission to other network users to change files. Hit the OK button to save the share settings.
Do you know your PC name or IP? Check you computer name or IP address, because you will use either IP or Computer name on Mac to access shared files of XP computer.
To check computer name Right-click on My Computer icon and select Properties option from menu. Click on “Computer Name” tab, here you can see your PC name as Full computer name.
Click on “Change…” button to give a meaningful name to PC.
Enter a proper computer name in “Computer name” text box that you can remember and type easily. Once done click on OK button to apply and save change. You need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Access Shared Folder on Mac OS X
To access PC files on Mac that you shared on Windows XP you need to click on “GO” menu and then select “Connect to Server” option from menu.
On the “Connect to Server” windows type the server address (Your PC name or IP address) after
smb://<your computer name or IP address>.
smb://192.168.1.2, Type the correct address and hit the “Connect” button.
You will be asked to enter then name and password of your XP computer, so select the Registered Users radio-button and type user name ans password in the respective text-boxes. You can save the username and password in keychain, If you want to do that click the check-box “Remember this password in my keychain” and click the Connect button.
If you have entered the correct username and password Mac will mount and show the list of shared windows XP folders, select folder and click OK button to to view the files available in it.
If you have any problem during sharing files using this method or successfully share files between XP and Mac then tell us below in comments which OS X version you are using. Is it OS X Leopard, Lion, Mavericks or any other?