Grrrrr password when trying to access shared folder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jack06, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Jack06 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Hi Guys,
    For some reason I keep being asked a password when trying to access my PC through finder (under shared) I have tried all my passwords but none of them work!
    What's the best course of action, I have file sharing enabled, although there was no option to enable 'Windows Sharing' could this be the problem?
    It was working perfectly before I reformatted my PC (running XP)
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You have to use the PC's password if there is one. Try changing the password in the PC and the retry.
  3. Jack06 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Hi Mate,
    I found out the problem, I didn't run the 'Set up network' wizard in windows.
    But now I have another problem, it will only let me log in as Guest. Whereas before it would say I have entered wrong password and wouldn't let me in, now it just prompts me for the username and password which I enter then it just disappears and says 'connected as guest'
    I guess it doesn't really matter as I can still access all files, but still it's irritating, and might mean I don't have certain privileges later...
  4. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Jack, you might want to try using smb:// to mount the hard drives in question. Once you mount them you can log in as the "user" in question and be done with it. If that is what you are looking to do.

    Then if it is a network drive that needs to be mounted every time you log in, you can put it in your start up files and it will do it for you and you won't need to use your password every time! That is what I do anyway.

    Also just make sure the folder(s) are set for sharing within windows and you should be able to see them across your lan.
  5. Jack06 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Hi Rhett,
    thanks very much for the reply, I've worked out that guest gives me enough privileges to put files there and retrieve files.
    Cheers Jack

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