Help QUICK please - Windows & Mac File Sharing problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yaja123, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. Yaja123 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    I was trying to setup file transfer from pc to my mac and i kind got it to work using file sharing etc....but i dont quite know what i did fully. i turned on the folder i want to share in windows then accessed it via finder>network on mac. but it turns out the windows laptop now has full access to my folders>files!

    i only wanted to share one folder or 'public or sharing' folders but ending up in this situation.

    anyway, how do i STOP sharing ALL MY FOLDERS & FILES on my home network with other people? :eek:

    At the moment i can log into my bros laptop and goto network places and my powerbook appears with access to all my files and folders!

    I turned off personal file sharing and windows sharing but my bro's windows laptop can still access my files and folders via network places - anyone know why this isnt turning off?

    I need to turn it off before my bro comes how from work...
  2. Blackheart macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2004
    Temporary solution(s):

    1) On your powerbook, open System Preferences and go to Sharing. On the services tab, turn off all of the services.

    2) On the Firewall tab, turn the firewall on.

    That should fix it for now (Hell, just step 1 should do it). However, know that since he can automatically look at your files at this point, this means that the Windows machine has YOUR password stored in it. I don't know enough about Windows to tell you how to "un-save" this.
  3. Yaja123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    i did this even before your post and it didnt work.

    then i reboot the router and it stop giving access, but now its allowing access again!!!

    yes, i think my password is stored on pc. i suppose i could change my username password on my powerbook... see if that works...

    anyone else on why its not a simple procedure turning this on and off via preferences?
  4. Yaja123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    ok, i realised you need to log the powerbook off the network (airport off/on) before the new sharing preferences takes affect.

    But having just changed the password on my powerbook when i do switch the windows sharing On, the pc it cant access the powerbook, and the network places page 'stops responding' & crashes trying to work out why its password is not working.

    so now i need to know how to delete the old password from the pc laptop, just for future reference.


    and i want to share just one folder (public) without broadcasting my password?
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Create a new user on your Mac without admin rights and give the people you wish to share said folder with the login info for this user. Then Get Info on the folder you wish to share from your original user and set permissions so that everyone can read (and write) to it. Either that or just use the dummy user for sharing stuff.

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