Go ahead and share the folder and set the permissions to whatever you desire in terms of access. I suggest clicking on Advanced Sharing as you have more fine-grain control over everything. Check the Share this folder box and then give the share a name. Click on Permissions and then add groups or users that you want to give access. The next thing you need to do is make sure that File and Printer Sharing is turned on and allowed through the Windows Firewall in Windows Then click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.
Scroll down until you see File and Printer Sharing and make sure that it is checked for the Private network. You may have to first click on the Change settings button at the top before you can select a box. Lastly, you can decide how you want users to access the folder on Windows By default, when connecting from another machine, you have to enter the username and password of an account that has access to that shared folder on Windows However, if you feel your home network is super secure, you can always turn off password protected sharing, which means anyone can connect to the shared folder without having to type in a username or password.
Here you will see an option called Password protected sharing , which you can turn off. I personally keep it turned on, but if you really hate having to type in a username and password to connect, this is an option. Also, if you use Windows 10 without a password, this would save you from having to setup a password on your account.
Note that even if you have a Windows account with a password, if you turn off password protected sharing, then people can still connect without typing any credentials. If Shared is not in the sidebar, you have to add it.
With Finder open, click on Finder and then Preferences at the top. Click on Sidebar and check all the items under Shared. Network issues can be complicated to suss out so far as permissions are concerned, it's a step-by-step process really.
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But this is what I was going to suggest next. Keep playing with it, and sorry this isn't easier for you. For other users' reference, after creating sharing on my Mac, I had to enter the IP address in Windows as described in this article and then wait a looooooong time.
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I had pretty much given up and was doing something else on my Mac when it finally connected. Maybe it would have connected by name instead of IP if I had waited long enough. But you only need to type the IP address once so it is easy enough. Sad update: Although I can write files to my Mac in the exact folder I've shared, my Mac user does not have permission to use them! Bah humbug. As a Canadian apologizing is a deeply held cultural norm to me. I hope you get this all working eventually, just keep at it.
I use this every day, so I know it works, but in some cases things can get more complicated. If this works, you've got a starting point at least. Sorry I can't help more.
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Thanks again. That's odd, is the account you're attempting to share from an admin account? Thanks and good luck! Don't apologize! These are the most useful directions I've found for this messy process. I use Lan messanger at work. IPmessenger, pussbullet for android and Dukto for my N For large files like videos the cloud still isn't terribly practical, but I do see your point.
That would be a waste of bandwidth if you are trying to share files locally. Scroll down for the next article.
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