I've been trying for days to connect my Mac running Mavericks 10.9.1 to my old PC running Vista Home Premium on my home network. I'd like to use it simply as file sharing server. I use my mac to connect to Windows server on a daily basis so I'm familiar with the process yet I can get my junker home PC to let my mac connect to it. Here is what I have:
1.Mac and Windows PC are in same workgroup and are visible to eachother (I only care about the mac controlling files on PC).
2.PC file share is turned on in Network Center
3.Shared folder in question, granting access to my user name.
4.I open finder "Connect to server" as seen here
5.I know it finds the pc because I'm prompted to log in almost immediately (if i put in a nonexistant the connection takes for ever then fails)
6.When i try to log in as a guest or put my windows credentials in I the message below were as I normally I get promoted for what volumes I want to mount.
7.I've tried different combinations for
cifs:// but to no avail. What could I be missing? I've also tried turning off windows firewall and enabling SMB according to this post -->http://csg.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/tips/smb/winvista , and tried changing
lmcompatibilitylevel from 3 to 1 in Vista's registry. Nothing!