Stumped on Connecting XP to Mac Shared Folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tmm1012, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. tmm1012 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2011
    I'm stumped on this - 2 computers, 1 running Win XP Home, Windows Firewall turned off during this testing, AVG Antivirus (so no Norton getting in the way) and an iMac desktop running OS X 10.5.8. Basic home network, machines on 192.168.1.x addresses. Windows machine is in workgroup MSHOME.

    In Mac System Preferences --> Sharing, File Sharing is turned on, I have added the desired folder to the list of shared folders. The only Mac user account on the system is allowed Read and Write Access, and under Options, SMB Sharing is turned on. Also, in System Preferences --> Network --> Advanced Settings --> WINS, the Workgroup is set to MSHOME, and it is the NetBIOS name that I am using to connect - set to ALLISONIMAC.

    On the Windows machine, I try to go to \\ALLISONIMAC, but after ~30 seconds, I get an error that \\ALLISONIMAC could not be found.

    When going into My Network Places and "View Workgroup Computers" the Mac shows up as ALLISONIMAC, but double clicking on it results in the same message that \\ALLISONIMAC could not be found.

    From the Windows machine, I can ping the Mac's IP address ( and get a response, and I can also ping ALLISONIMAC and the responses come back from However, trying to go to \\ALLISONIMAC or even \\ still hangs and won't let me connect. I've tried restarting both machines but still to no avail.

    I've tried researching everything I can up to this point, but I'm stuck. Has anyone come across anything that I might be overlooking? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. psedog macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    横須賀 Yokosuka, Japan
    Go to System Preferences, then Sharing. Click on File Sharing now options. Make sure that "Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)" is enabled. By default it's not enabled.

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  3. Mactrillionaire macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2010
    Accessing a Samba share from Windows XP is less than ideal. In most instances, you have to have the same user account with the same password on both the Mac and the PC running Windows XP to access it through Windows Explorer. All of this is less aggravating if you get an AirPort Extreme and AirPort disk and mount it as a network volume in Windows XP.
  4. tmm1012 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2011
    This is definitely an important aspect and good suggestion, but unfortunately I've already tried making sure of that - I've turned it on and off a couple times but still no luck. There has to be something I'm missing.....

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