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I've happily shared folders from my Mac Mini to a Windows 7 PC for years. My Win7 Laptop can still see the shared folders on the Mac.

This week, I upgraded my desktop to Windows 8. Now I can see the Mac itself in the Network but there are no folders in it. My Linux-based NAS and other Windows PCs haven't been affected at all.

What do I need to do to get my network back to it's old state?

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It might just be an authentication thing. You can't browse unless you're authenticated. Did you have anything on win 7 that authenticated your user account against the mac? – Simkill Jan 16 '13 at 13:57
As far as I know, nothing stops you seeing the shares if you aren't authenticated. You just can't open them if you don't have access. As I remember, I authenticated against the Mac directly when I first opened the shares. – Simon Gill Jan 16 '13 at 14:03
Oh I see, in that case just make sure network discovery is turned on in windows 8. It could be something as simple as that. I don't know if it's in the same place in 8, but in 7 it's in the Network and Sharing Center in Control panel, under Advanced sharing settings. – Simkill Jan 16 '13 at 16:04
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I found that Windows by default didn't give me a chance to enter my username or password. It would attempt to access the Mac as a guest if it could.

I had to try to disable "Guest Account" in System Preferences on Snow Leopard.

The next time I tried to connect to the Mac, Explorer prompted me to enter my username and password. After entering valid credentials for the Mac, I could access the directories like normal.

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I managed to understand you. Thanks for the help. – Simon Gill Jan 25 '13 at 16:46

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