Setting up Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) to share files with a PC running Windows 7 is a fairly straightforward process. In fact, it may be the easiest of all the Windows operating systems to share files with. But, like any networking task, it's helpful to understand how the underlying process works.
Snow Leopard uses the same file sharing system that was first introduced with Leopard (OS X 10.5). If you have used file sharing in OS X 10.5, then the setup process will be very familiar to you. If you haven't used file sharing on the Mac in a long time, you'll discover that Apple reconfigured the way Windows file sharing is set up. Instead of having separate Mac file sharing and Windows file sharing control panels, Apple placed all file sharing processes in one system preference, making it easy to set up and configure file sharing.
In 'File Sharing With Snow Leopard: Sharing OS X 10.6 Files with Windows 7' we will take you through the entire process of configuring your Mac to share files with a PC. We'll also describe some of the basic issues you may encounter along the way.
What You Will Need
- A Mac running OS X 10.6 or later.
- A PC running Windows 7. These instructions are for Windows 7 Ultimate, but they should work for any version of Windows 7.
- Administrative access to both the Windows 7 computer and the Mac computer.
- About a half hour of your time.
- Oh, and some files you wish to share.