Now that your PC and Mac share the same workgroup name, you are ready to go to your Windows XP computer and select the folders you wish to share. If you are using Windows XP Professional, you can also share an entire hard drive, although Microsoft advises against this because it can lead to unauthorized access to your Windows machine.
Windows file sharing doesn’t use the same type of access control list (ACL) that Macs do for file sharing. Windows XP generally only allows guest access to files. This means that while you can specify whether the folder you are sharing is read or write/read, you cannot specify who can access the contents of the folder. In essence, anyone can access folders you set up to share, regardless of how they are logged in.
Windows File Sharing
- On your Windows XP computer, navigate to the parent folder of the folder you wish to share.
- Right-click on the folder you would like to share.
- Select ‘Sharing and Security’ from the pop-up menu.
- Click the ‘Sharing’ tab if it’s not already selected.
- Place a check mark in the ‘Share this folder on the network’ box.
- If desired, edit the ‘Share name.’ Windows automatically populates the ‘Share name’ field with the name of the folder you have selected. You may wish to change the name to be more informational when it displays on your Mac. For instance, if you wish to share the My Music folder, it may be a good idea to say whose My Music folder it is, as that may not be readily apparent when you are accessing the folder from your Mac.
- If you wish to be able to copy files from your Mac to the Windows shared folder, add a check mark to the ‘Allow network users to change my files’ box.
- Click ‘OK’ when you’re done.