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Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together

Printer Sharing and File Sharing Tips for Windows 7 and OS X

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Sharing Windows 7 and Mac OS X files and printers isn't a difficult process. But there are a few tricks and tips you need to be aware of to get your Windows 7 or Mac printers and files to be accessible to other users on your local network.

To help you get Windows 7 and your Mac playing nicely together, I've collected these file and printer sharing guides. So, dive in and get connected.

Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs

Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs - Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together
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Apple made some changes under the hood to the Mac's built-in system for sharing files with Windows PCs. While the changes are extensive, the actual setup and use aren't too different from previous versions of the Mac OS.

This guide to sharing your Mac files with a Windows 7 PC will take you through the process from beginning to end.

Share Windows 7 Files With OS X Lion

Share Windows 7 Files With OS X Lion
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Many Mac users work in a mixed environment of Macs and PCs. If you would like to be able to share files located on a Windows 7 PC with a Mac running OS X Lion, this step-by-step guide will help you get your Mac connected to as many Windows 7 systems as you have on your network.

How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Sharing Windows 7 and Mac OS X - Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together

Sharing files between a PC running Windows 7 and a Mac running OS X 10.6 is one of the easiest cross-platform file sharing activities, primarily because both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard speak SMB (Server Message Block), the native file sharing protocol Microsoft uses in Windows 7.

Even better, unlike when sharing Vista files, where you have to make a few adjustments to how Vista connects with SMB services, sharing Windows 7 files is pretty much a mouse-click operation.

Sharing OS X 10.6 Files With Windows 7

Sharing Windows 7 and Mac OS X - Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together

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.

Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac

Sharing Windows 7 and Mac OS X - Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together

If you're like many of us, you have a mixed network of PCs and Macs; this is especially likely to be true if you're a new Mac user migrating from Windows. You may already have a printer hooked up to one of your PCs. Rather than buy a new printer for your new Mac, you can use the one you already have.

Mac Printer Sharing With Windows 7

Sharing Windows 7 and Mac OS X - Getting Windows 7 and Mac OS X to Play Together

Printer sharing is one of the most popular uses for a home or small business network, and why not? Mac printer sharing can keep costs down by reducing the number of printers you need to buy.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to share a printer attached to a Mac running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) with a computer running Windows 7.

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