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Share Windows XP Files With OS X 10.5: Configure the PC’s Workgroup Name
File Sharing With OS X: Share Windows XP Files With OS X 10.5

Your Windows workgroup name must match that of your Mac’s

File Sharing With OS X 10.5: Share Windows XP Files With OS X 10.5

The Mac and PC need to be in the same ‘workgroup’ for file sharing to work. Windows XP uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. Workgroup names are not case sensitive, but Windows always uses the uppercase format, so we will follow that convention here as well.

The Mac also creates a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP, so if you haven’t made any changes to either the Windows or the Mac computer, you’re ready to go. If you do need to make any changes to the workgroup names, follow the instructions below for each computer.

Change the Workgroup Name On Your Windows PC

  1. In the Start menu, right-click the ‘My Computer’ icon.
  2. Select ‘Properties’ from the pop-up menu.
  3. In the System Properties window, click the ‘Computer Name’ tab.
  4. Click the ‘Change’ button. You will find this button next to the line that reads ‘To rename this computer, or join a domain, click Change.’
  5. In the Computer Name Changes dialog box, make sure that ‘Member of’ has ‘Workgroup’ selected.
  6. In the ‘Workgroup’ field, enter the name for the workgroup. Remember the workgroup’s name must match on the PC and the Mac.
  7. Click ‘OK.’
  8. A status dialog box will open, saying “Welcome to the Xworkgroup,’ where X is the name of the workgroup you entered earlier.
  9. Click ‘OK’ in the status dialog box.
  10. A new status message will appear, telling you that ‘You must restart this computer for the changes to take effect.’
  11. Click ‘OK’ in the status dialog box.
  12. Close the System Properties window by clicking ‘OK.’
  13. Restart your Windows PC.
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