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How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X Lion
How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X Lion
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If you have a mixed network of PCs and Macs, then you will more than likely want to be able to share files between the two competing OSes. It might sound like you've got some sticky times ahead of you, to get two different OSes talking to each other, but in fact, Windows 7 and OS X Lion are on pretty good speaking terms. All it takes is a bit of fiddling with some settings and making some notes about computer names and the IP addresses they're each using.

This guide will show you how to share your Windows 7 files so that your OS X Lion-based Mac can access them. If you also want your Windows 7 PC to be able to 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 your Macs and PCs.

What you will need

  • A Mac running OS X Lion (10.7.x) or later.

  • A PC running Windows 7. These instructions should work for the following versions of Windows 7: Ultimate, Professional, and Home Premium.

  • About 15 minutes of your time.

  • Some Windows files you want to share.
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