How to get a Mac to recognize Windows PC on network?

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I’m not very familiar with OS X, and after setting up a network with a Windows 7 PCs and a Mac, the Mac doesn’t see the PC. When I look in the finder bar on the Mac, there is no PC icon, which is what a Google search told me to look for. How can I make the Mac recognize the PC so that it shows up in the finder bar?

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Aryton
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You should still be able to get the Mac to connect to the PC using Go>Connect to Server. To get it so that you can use the finder bar may take a little more effort. First of all, go to the Windows PC and find what it has listed as the name of its workgroup. There is a good chance that this is simply “WORKGROUP” but go into Computer>Properties (I think, I’m using a Chromebook so I can’t double check) and see what it says to be certain. 

 

After you have the workgroup’s name, go to the Mac, open the system preferences and click on “Network.”  Next, click the connection (either Wifi or Ethernet), then Advanced, then WINS. There should be a control panel that has an entry for “workgroup.” Check to see if the name of the PC’s workgroup is in the drop-down list. Select it if it is, type it in if it is not. Click on OK and Apply, and the PC should now be in the Sidebar. 

jimlynch
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Here's an article that might be of use to you:

Managing Macs in Your Windows Environment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.12.mac.aspx

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