> Ok i have a vista ultimate pc, connected by ethernet to a netgear
> router. The router also has wifi, via which my Macbook pro is connected.
> Both get proper internet access. both computers have sharing switched
> on, and i can access my mac shares from my pc. However, it isnt working
> the other way round. In finder, i click on connect to server, enter
> smb://192.168.1.3 ( my PC's ip), and click connect. However it gives me
> an error saying 'Could not connect to the server because the name or
> password is incorrect', when i havent even got the popup to enter my
> login credentials!! Can someone please help?? Additional details below:
> Vista connectivity settings:
> Network Discovery: On
> File Sharing: On
> Public Folder Sharing: on(read only)
> Printer Sharing: On
> Password Protected Sharing: Off
> Media Sharing: Off
> Workgroup: WORKGROUP
> I even tried switching password protected sharing on but to no avail. I
> installed bonjour for windows but it has been completely and utterly
> useless. Its so pathetic it doesnt even have any interface at all.
> Zero-config networking my ***...
> Mac settings:
> Personal File Sharing
> Windows Sharing
> iChat Bonjour
> iTunes Bonjour
> iPhoto Bonjour
> Active Directory Settings:
> SMB/CIFS enabled, v1.3.1
> workgroup: WORKGROUP
> Bonjour enabled.
> Network Details:
> Netgear Wifi Router, 192.168.1.2 ( i dunno why it isnt on 1, but it
> just isnt), connected to:
> My Isp's modem via ethernet cable,
> My Vista pc via ethernet cable at 192.168.1.3 (bcoz my pc doesnt have
> My macbook via wifi, at 192.168.1.4
> Someone please please help as this is getting really irritating.
This assumes that you have correctly set up Windows Sharing in OS X. If you
have Leopard, make sure you are using the SMB protocol and not AFP. You
must create matching user accounts/passwords on both the Mac and Vista. You
do not need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the
passwords assigned to each user account can be different; the
accounts/passwords just need to exist and match on all machines. If you
wish a machine to boot directly to the Desktop in Vista (into one
particular user's account) for convenience, you can do this. The
instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:
Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -
You also need to make sure you've correctly configured your firewalls on
both machines to allow the Local Area Network as trusted.
To enable Windows Vista to connect to Mac OS X with Windows File Sharing
enabled, you will need to change the following policy in Windows Vista:
Click on "Local Policies" --> "Security Options"
Navigate to the policy "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level"
and double-click it to get its Properties. By default Windows Vista sets
the policy to "NTVLM2 responses only". Use the drop-down arrow to change
this to "LM and NTLM ? use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated".
In Vista Home Premium, you won't have this tool so per Steve Winograd, do:
1. Run the registry editor and open this key:
1. If it doesn't already exist, create a DWORD value named
3. Set the value to 1
In addition to the above, make sure that you've correctly configured your
firewall in Vista. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local
Area Network (LAN) traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means
allowing File/Printer Sharing on the Exceptions tab. If you aren't running
a third-party firewall or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm
Protection" (like Norton 2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're
fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure the LAN allowance
with an IP range. Ex. would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254. Obviously you
would substitute your correct subnet. Do not run more than one firewall. DO
NOT TURN OFF FIREWALLS; CONFIGURE THEM CORRECTLY.
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