How can I connect my Macbook to Windows 7 for file sharing and printing?

Morgan July 22, 2010
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Hello world,

I have just spent a good three hours pouring through forums to answer this question and nothing has helped me, yet. We have just installed Windows 7 on our PC and that is the host computer connected to the router and printer.

I am using a Mac OS X 10.5.8 and I cant figure out how to file share or print from my Mac. We used to run Windows XP and I could see the host computer in finder but now I can see nothing and my PC can’t see me.

My Mac is connected to the router and can use the net, but could someone please help me set up file sharing and printer? I understand that the printer may be tough, but file sharing at least would be great!


  1. Dhiraj
    December 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Try to turn windows 7 into hotspot

  2. Aibek
    August 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Check out earlier MakeUseOf article, How To Easily Share Files Between Mac & Windows Computers.

  3. Oron Joffe
    July 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Have you enabled file- and printer-sharing on the Windows machine and shared the dirve drive and printer? That ought to be enough for the machine to show up on your Mac.

  4. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    You should try checking the following pages:
    File Sharing:
    Printer Sharing: