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Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Accessing Your Shared Folders From Windows 7
Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Accessing Your Shared Folders From Windows 7
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Now that you have your Mac set up to share folders with your Windows 7 PC, it's time to move over to the PC and access the shared folders. But before you can do that, you need to know your Mac's IP (Internet Protocol) address.

Your Mac's IP Address

  1. Launch System Preferences by clicking its icon in the Dock, or by selecting 'System Preferences' from the Apple menu.

  2. Open the Network preference pane.

  3. Select the active network connection from the list of available connection methods. For most users, this will either be Ethernet 1 or Wi-Fi.

  4. Once you select a network connection method, the right-hand pane will display the current IP address. Make a note of this information.

Accessing Shared Folders From Windows 7

  1. On your Windows 7 PC, select Start.

  2. In the Search Programs and Files box, enter the following:
    Run
  3. Press enter or return.

  4. In the Run dialog box, type in your Mac's IP address. Here is an example:
    \\192.168.1.37
  5. Be sure to include the \\ at the beginning of the address.

  6. If the Windows 7 user account that you are logged in with matches the name of one of the Mac user accounts you specified in the previous step, then a window will open with a list of shared folders.

  7. If the Windows account you're logged in with does not match one of the Mac user accounts, you will be asked to supply a Mac user account name and password. Once you enter this information, a window will open displaying the shared folders.

You can now access your Mac's shared folders on your Windows 7 PC.

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