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

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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)

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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. enter image description here

7.I've tried different combinations for smb:// and 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!

  • are you sure the guest account is turned on on the vista computer, and the share folder has allowed guest to access that information? Feb 18, 2014 at 3:38
  • Guest User was turned off, I turned it on but still nothing. I've also tried logging in as my user "kev" which is the administer and password protected, I don't have any other users.
    – kev
    Feb 18, 2014 at 4:06
  • after you turn on guest account, restart both computers, figure out what the pc account name is and type //accountname in any file explorer address. Feb 18, 2014 at 4:06
  • I did, no luck. csg.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/tips/smb/winvista does that tutorial need to be done?
    – kev
    Feb 18, 2014 at 4:08
  • does vista have something like this? i can't remember to be honest Feb 18, 2014 at 4:31

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After days of searching and many failed attempts I finally got my MacBook Pro to network with my Vista machine. I noticed that the Vista machine was behind on Service Pack updates. After installing SP1 and SP2 along with about 160 security patches voila, networking madness!!

Bottom line: made sure your machine is up to date!

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