Sharing Windows 7 Files with OS X Lion
If you have a mixed network of PCs and Macs, then you’ll most likely want to be able to share files between the two competing OSes. It could seem like you have some sticky times in front of you, to obtain two different OSes talking to one another, however, Windows 7 and OS X Lion are on very good speaking terms. All it takes is a little bit of fiddling with some settings and making some notes about computer names and also the IP addresses they’re each using.
This guide will highlight how you can share your Windows 7 files which means that your OS X Lion-based Mac can access them. If you also want your Windows 7 PC so that you can access your Mac’s files, take a look at another guide: Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs.
I recommend following both guides, so that you end up with an easy-to-use bi-directional file sharing system for the Macs and PCs.
What you should need
A Mac running OS X Lion (10.7.x) or later.
A PC running Windows 7. These instructions should work with the following versions of Windows 7: Ultimate, Professional, and Home Premium.
About 15 minutes of your time.
Some Windows files you need to share.
Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.7 – Configuring the Mac’s Workgroup Name
To be able to share files, your Mac as well as your PC must be within the same workgroup. The Mac OS and Windows 7 both make use of a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. There are changed the workgroup name on either computer, you are able to skip this task and go right to Step 4 of the guide.
If you have made changes, or you’re not sure if you’ve or not, read on to learn how to set your Mac’s workgroup name.
Editing Your Mac’s Workgroup Name
Launch System Preferences by clicking its icon in the Dock, or by selecting ‘System Preferences’ in the Apple menu.
Click the Network icon, located in the Internet & Wireless portion of the System Preferences window.
The very first thing we have to do is make a copy of the current location information. The Mac OS uses the term ‘location’ to refer to the present settings for all your network interfaces. You could have multiple locations setup, each with different network interface settings. For example, you could have a Home location that utilizes your wired Ethernet connection, and a Travel location that uses your wireless network. Locations can be created for a lot of reasons. We’re going to produce a new location for a very simple reason: You cannot edit the workgroup name on the location that’s in active use.
Select ‘Edit Locations’ in the Location drop-down menu.
Select your current active location in the list in the Location sheet. The active location is usually called Automatic, and may be the sole entry within the sheet.
Click the sprocket button and choose ‘Duplicate Location’ in the pop-up menu.
Type in a new name for the duplicate location, or just make use of the default one provided.
Click the Done button.
In the left-hand pane of the Network preference pane, choose the connection type you utilize allowing you to connect to your network. For most users, this can be either Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Don’t be concerned whether it currently says “Not connected” or “No IP Address” since you are presently working with the duplicate location, that isn’t yet active.
Click the Advanced button.
Select the WINS tab.
In the Workgroup field, enter the same workgroup name that you are using on your PC.
Click the OK button.
Click the Apply button.
Once you click the Apply button, your network connection is going to be dropped. After a short time, your network connection will be re-established while using settings from the location you simply edited.
Share Windows 7 Files With Lion – Configuring the PC’s Workgroup Name
As I mentioned in the last step, in order to share files, your Pc and a mac must make use of the same workgroup name. If you haven’t made any changes to your PC or Mac’s workgroup name, then you’re all set, because both OSes use WORKGROUP because the default name.
For those who have made changes to the workgroup name, or you’re not sure, the following steps will walk you through the process of editing the workgroup name in Windows 7.
Change the Workgroup Name fitted 7 PC
Select Start, then right-click the Computer link.
Select ‘Properties’ from the pop-up menu.
In the machine Information window that opens, confirm that the workgroup name is the same as the one you use in your Mac. Whether it isn’t, click the Change Settings link found in the Domain and Workgroup category.
In the System Properties window that opens, click on the Change button. The button is located near the type of text that reads ‘To rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup, click Change.’
In the Workgroup field, enter the reputation for the workgroup. The workgroup names in Windows 7 and the Mac OS must match exactly. Click OK. A standing dialog box will open, saying ‘Welcome towards the X workgroup,’ where X may be the name from the workgroup you entered earlier.
Click OK within the Status dialog box.
A new status message will appear, suggesting that ‘You must restart this computer for that changes to consider effect.’
Click OK in the Status dialog box.
Close the machine Properties window by clicking OK.
Restart your Windows PC.
Share Windows 7 Files With OS X Lion – Completing the File Sharing Process
The process of configuring a PC’s network settings, as well as selecting files on the Windows 7 PC and sharing them with a Mac, hasn’t changed since we wrote the guide to sharing Windows 7 files with OS X 10.6. Actually, the sharing process with Lion is identical from here on, so instead of repeating the whole content of the previous article, I’m going to link you to the rest of the pages of this article, which will allow you to complete the file sharing process.
That’s it; you need to certainly be able to access any shared files and folders on your Windows 7 PC out of your Mac.