With your Windows XP computer configured to share specific folders, you are ready to access them from your Mac. There are two methods of access you can use; here is the first method.
Access Shared Windows Files Using the Finder’s Connect To Server Option
- Click the ‘Finder’ icon in the Dock to ensure that the Finder is the frontmost application.
- From the Finder menu, select ‘Go, Connect to Server.’
- In the Connect to Server window, enter the server address in the following format (without the quotation marks and period): ‘smb://ip address of windows xp computer.’ For example, if the IP (Internet Protocol) address is 192.168.1.44, you would enter the server address as: smb://192.168.1.44.
- Select Start, Run.
- In the Run dialog box, type cmd in the ‘Open’ field.
- Click ‘OK.’
- In the command window that opens, type ipconfig at the prompt, and then press return/enter.
- You will see your Windows XP current IP configuration information, including a line labeled ‘IP Address’ with your IP address displayed. Write down the IP address, close the command window, and return to your Mac.
- Click the ‘Connect’ button in your Mac’s Connect to Server dialog box.
- After a short time a dialog box will display, asking you to enter your name and password for accessing the Windows XP server. Because Windows XP file sharing uses only a guest access system, you can simply choose the Guest option and click the ‘Connect’ button.
- A dialog box will appear, listing all of the folders from the Windows XP machine that you are allowed to access. Click on the folder you wish to mount and click ‘OK.’
- A Finder window will open and display the contents of the selected folder.
If you don’t know the IP address of your Windows XP computer, you can find it by going to your Windows computer and doing the following: