View Full Version : Connect to a Mac from Windows XP

08-03-2007, 10:02 AM

On the surface it seems simple to me, but I just cannot find the way to do it. We run an office full of Macs, and have one Windows PC with XP.

I want to connect to a computer with an IP of and pull off a few files. I don't want to create a shortcut or anything to the the Mac - so I don't want to permanently "Map" the drive. There must be a "Connect to computer with IP address" option? i've looked and looked.

Thanks in advance

08-03-2007, 10:15 AM
Try from explorer tools>map network drive. then in address bar put \\\sharename.

However i'm sure you have to install an extra protocol on your network card to talk apples to the mac...hehe

08-03-2007, 10:54 AM
Thanks. That worked. Didn't look like extra protocols were needed.

08-03-2007, 03:35 PM
Are you running OS 9 in your office or OS X?
Reason I ask is that Apple talk was a difficult little devil to connect to PCs hence SolMeister's comment where as OS X is pretty straight forward since it uses standard TCP/IP networking protocols.

09-03-2007, 08:33 AM
Gee, I don't even have OS9 installed for legacy stuff anymore. About 2 years ago, I killed OS9 on all but one of my Macs.

I have to say, it was unintuitive trying to make the connection from the XP box - there are just too many options that are all arcane sounding.

09-03-2007, 04:12 PM
I think pretty much everybody got over OS9 by the time 10.3 came out but I didn't want to assume anything. From previous experience it is easier to go Mac to XP than XP to Mac.