Setting up Leopard (OS X 10.5) to share files with a PC running Windows XP is a fairly straightforward process, but like any networking task, it's helpful to understand how the underlying process works.
Beginning with Leopard, 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 OS X 10.5 - Share Mac Files with Windows XP’ 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 10.5 or later.
- A PC running Windows XP. These instructions are for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 installed, but they should work for any version of Windows XP.
- Administrative access to both the Windows XP computer and the Mac computer.
- About a half hour of your time.
- Oh, and some files you wish to share.