If you have both Windows and Mac computers, you probably wondered if you can easily connect to one another without switching desks frequently. Well, there is a method to do that and you can access your files from Windows from your Mac and vice versa. All you need to have is a router and/or Ethernet cable. First of all, you need to setup your Windows PC to share files with Mac OS X.
Setup Sharing on Windows 7 and Newer
In order to share a folder, right-click on the folder’s icon, then select Share with and then choose Specific people then follow the on-screen instruction. Make sure that port 445 is open to be able to connect successfully. Now, you can access your shared folder from your Mac computer, right after following some of these simple steps.
Connecting to the Windows Computer
You’ll need Window’s network address, workgroup name, username and password for the shared folder. Let’s see how to do that in Windows 10, for Workgroup name:
- Open Control Panel.
- Click “System and Security”, then click “System”.
- From there, you can see the Workgroup name.
To view user accounts while still in Control Panel:
- Click “User Accounts”, then “User Accounts” once again.
- Then click “Manage another account”.
- From there, you can see all user accounts, but make sure you choose your current user account in use.
To get your Windows Machine IP address:
- Open the command prompt.
- Type the command, ipconfig.
- You will get several information about your Windows router and Ethernet connection information
- Look for the IPV4 Address – that is the Windows Machine’s IP address.
Now that you have the necessary information, it’s time to connect to your Windows Machine from your Mac.
- In the finder, click on Go, then Choose Server.
- The Connect to Server dialog will open, prompting you to enter the server address.
- In the server address box, type: smb://IPaddress, replace IPaddress with the actual IP address of your windows machine. You will have to enter the username and password if prompted.
- Now, you’re done! To make this easier in the future, you can select “Remember this password in my keychain” to save the username and password in your keychain so you don’t have to type them in every time you want to access your shared Windows folder from your Mac.
That’s all about it! Very easy, right? Now you can easily view your shared folders from your Mac without the need to switch desks all the time! This is a great feature especially if you are developing a website or working on a dedicated server that doesn’t have the same OS as yours.
Macs versus PCs is a battle that’s been going on since the home computer became a thing. People have extolled the benefits of one over the other, talking about how their chosen platform is clearly the best. However, if you’ve gotten used to using a Windows machine, you may be surprised to discover that there’s never been a better time to switch to using a Mac. Why is that?
Macs Are More Stable
How often Windows crashes has always been a joke in the tech world. To be fair to Microsoft, Windows has certainly gotten more stable as the years have gone on. However, whether or not any new version of Windows will have the features you enjoyed from the last version is questionable. With a Mac, you never have to worry about that.
Macs Last Longer
Windows machines are built cheap. Part of this comes from the fact that they’re made with non-proprietary parts. However, part of it is that they’re made with cheap parts. Cheap parts wear down more quickly, this is just a fact of life.
Macs Have Better Programs
People will often make jokes about how few programs there are for Macs. The real truth, however, is that most of the programs that run on Windows are junk. They’re poorly programmed, hog machine utilities, and generally make life more difficult. Mac may have fewer programs overall, but it has more programs that work the way they’re supposed to.
Macs Are For Artists
Macs are designed to make the most out of various art programs. If you ask any digital artist out there what platform they prefer, they’ll tell you Mac, every time.
Macs Have Better Batteries
This goes hand in hand with being made out of better parts. Mac batteries last longer. Not only do they hold a charge longer, but they also take longer to start wearing down.
Macs are difficult to program a virus for. The way programs are installed on a Mac simply makes it impossible for a virus to start replicating itself. Windows, however, has tons of viruses.
Windows updates are difficult. Not only do they take a long time to download and install, but you never quite know what they’re going to do. Macs tell you specifically what each update does, and allows you to install at your leisure.
Like batteries, this deserves its own comment. Windows touchpads are awful. There have been many times when someone was trying to type, and the touchpad activated from the heel of their hand brushing close to it, causing the text to become highlighted and then erased. Mac touchpads are just better.
Macs may be expensive, but the simple truth is that the expense is worth it.
Windows machines simply have too many downsides to keep up in today’s world. If you want to take your computer use into the next century, then what you want is a Mac.