How to Add a Mac to a Home Group in Windows 7

When you install Windows 7, the computer automatically creates a workgroup and joins it. In order to see shared resources on other networked computers, each computer must join the same workgroup. Mac computers also have the ability to join Windows workgroups. To see a Windows 7 computer's shared resources on your Mac, enter your Windows 7 computer's workgroup name on the Mac's Network Preferences screen.

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    Click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of the screen on your Mac, and then click "System Preferences."

  2. 2.

    Click the "Network" icon under the "Internet & Network" heading.

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    Click the network connection that you use to connect to a Windows 7 computer such as "Ethernet," and then click the "Advanced" button in the lower-right corner of the window.

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    Click the "WINS" button at the top of the window.

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    Click the "NetBIOS Name" field, and type the name that you would like your Mac to use on the network. This is the name that other computer users will see when browsing the network's shared resources.

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    Click the "Workgroup" field, and type "WORKGROUP."

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    Click "OK," and then click "Apply." Close the Network Preferences window, and then restart the computer.

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    Click the "File" menu at the top of the screen after the Mac finishes rebooting, and then click "New Finder Window." The shared folders on the Windows 7 computer appear under the "Shared" heading on the left side of the window.