File Sharing Mac OS X Lion and PC Windows 7

If you want to enable file sharing between OS X Lion and Windows 7 computers then there are some step you need to do first. Follow the steps given below to see how you can share files between OS X Lion and Windows 7 computers.


Make sure both Mac and PC are connected with the same network connection.

Steps on Mac OS X Lion


Open “System Preferences” from Apple menu

OS X Lion Apple menu

Click on “Sharing” icon from “Internet & Wireless” section

OS X Lion System Preferences


Click the Lock icon to unlock if its already Locked, you may need to enter the current logged in user password


Now turn the “File Sharing” service On by click on its check-box

File sharing OS X Lion


Under “Shared Folders” section select folder that you want to share. If the folder is not in the list Click the + button to add specific folder in the Shared Folder list

Shared folders OS X Lion


Under “Users” section select the current logged in user and change the user Rights to “Read & Write” by clicking on tiny arrows. Also change Rights of “Everyone” to “No Access”

User access rights


Now Click on “Options” button

File sharing option OS X Lion

Check the “Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)” option

Check the logged in user name Check-box, you need to enter its password, click OK, Click the Done button.

Sharing options OS X Lion


Note down the IP address as shown on your Mac.

Mac IP Address

Close the File sharing window on Mac

OS X Lion File sharing


Steps on Windows 7


Now open Run windows in Windows 7 by pressing Ctrl+R buttons from keyboard


Type the IP address of your Mac computer that you have noted down in step-7. Type the IP address in the format as show below and hit the OK button

This will prompt for the Username and Password of the Mac computer. Type the Username that you have selected in step-5 and 6.3 and its Password, hit the OK button

You will see all the shared folders of Mac OS X Lion in Windows 7. Now you can Cut, Copy, Paste or Delete any Mac’s shared files or folders from within Window 7.

If yo want to do the reverse process see how to accees Windows 7 files on OS X Lion