Archive for October 26th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

Both your Mac running Mountain Lion or later, and your Windows 8 PC must have the same Workgroup name in order for file sharing to work as easily as possible. A Workgroup is part of a WINS (Windows Internet Naming Service), a method Microsoft uses to allow computers on the same local network to share resources.


Luckily for us, Apple included support for WINS in OS X, so we only need to confirm a few settings, or possibly make a change, to get the two systems to see each other on the network.

This guide will show you how to set up the Workgroup names on both your Mac and your PC. Although the steps outlined are specific to OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8, the process is similar for most versions of these OSes. You can find specific instructions for earlier versions of both OSes in these guides:

Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs

How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

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