How to Add an iMac to a Windows Network


All modern Mac computers run on the Intel Pentium chip, meaning they are more compatible with Windows-based computers than ever before. IMacs are one of the best computers Apple makes. They are powerful, reasonably priced and reliable in most cases. IMacs can be fully integrated into a Windows network for sharing compatible files, such as audio, video and graphics files, and printers. Adding an iMac to a Windows network is almost as easy as adding an iMac to a Mac network.

Things You'll Need

  • iMac running OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Open System Preferences on the iMac. Click on "Sharing."

  • Check "File Sharing" in the list of preferences.

  • Click "Options" and check "Share files and folders using SMB," then check which users will share files this way.

  • Enter the account password. Click "OK" and "Done."

  • Go back to the System Preferences main menu. Select "Network."

  • Choose the type of connection the network is on, from built-in Ethernet to AirPort for wireless.

  • Click on "Advanced." Choose "WINS." Add the iMac to the Windows workgroup. Click "OK."

  • Open "Network" from the Finder’s "Go" menu. Select the Window’s workgroup from the list of available connections. Click "Connect." A Windows icon will appear on your iMac’s desktop. The iMac is now added to the Windows network.

Tips & Warnings

  • To share files with a Windows computer on an iMac, place the files in the Public folder.
  • IMacs cannot share applications with Windows computers.

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