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Windows 7: Windows 7 Homegroup sharing & Mac OS X 10.5.8

17 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Homegroup sharing & Mac OS X 10.5.8

I have 2 Windows 7 PC's networked as a homegroup through a router.
One is wired ethernet, the other is G Wifi.
I also have a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.8 that uses the same wifi network to connect to the internet. I want to share some folders between all my computers but the Mac won't detect any networks in finder and the PC's aren't detecting the Mac.
Can I fix this? I've tried googling a solution but none of the how to's deal with Windows 7 and they also assume that my Mac can detect the PC network, but it can't for some reason.

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17 Sep 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

use workgroup instead of homegroup. Mac will see it

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17 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

How do I use Workgroup instead of Homegroup in Windows 7?
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26 Mar 2012   #4

Window's 7

How to Add a Mac to a Homegroup - wikiHow

Windows 7 introduced a new feature that makes it extremely easy to share files across a network: the Homegroup. Unfortunately, the Homegroup is designed to work only with other computers also running Windows 7. This can make connecting computers with previous editions of Windows, Linux or Macs to Windows 7 needlessly difficult. There are, fortunately, ways around it.

Create a Workgroup. Because Homegroups are limited to computers running Windows 7, trying to connect a Mac to one is usually pointless. Instead, creating a Workgroup will allow you to connect. Workgroups do not automatically enable as many features as Homegroups, but you can still achieve the same functionality through manual tweaking. To create a Workgroup

Go to the computer running Windows 7. Click on the "Start Menu," right-click on "Computer" and select "Properties."
Go to the tab labeled "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings" and click "Change Settings."
Go to "Computer Name" and click "Change."
A box should pop up named "Computer Name/Domain Changes." You will see the name of the Workgroup you are a member of or you can create a new one.

Add your Mac to the Windows 7 Workgroup.
Go to the "System Preferences" pane and click on "Network."
Click on the "WINS" tab and make sure that the Workgroup name displayed is the same as the one you set up on your computer running Windows 7.

To make sure your Mac can share files with Windows, go to "System Preferences" and click on "Sharing." Follow the interface to change permissions on the folders that you desire.


Connect your Mac directly to your PC. If you have several Windows 7 computers on a Homegroup and you need to connect your Mac to only one of them, there is another solution that doesn't involve changing from a Homegroup to a Workgroup

Make sure you're on the Mac's desktop. Click on "Go" on the menu bar at the top of the screen. Select "Connect to Server" and type "smb://computersname" in the dialog box. Replace "computersname" with the name of your Windows computer (following the steps to create the Workgroup on Windows will also tell you your computer name).
When it asks for your username and password, type in your WINDOWS username and password. You should now be connected.

Homegroups are exclusively designed for computers running Windows 7. That means that you cannot connect any computers running other operating systems to the Homegroup. This means that trying to figure out how to add a Mac to a Homegroup is just needlessly frustrating. The best thing to do is to follow the steps in this guide by creating a Workgroup or by directly connecting.
If you want to be able to conveniently move files from your Windows computer to your Mac, you need to configure the "Drop Box" folder on your Mac. Open the Finder, go to the "Public" folder and right-click on "Drop Box." Select "Get Info" and click on the lock button in the bottom right corner to change the settings. Change the settings to "Read & Write" for everyone
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