I've been trying to get this to work by following guides, but so far without success. They are both connected by cable to the same router and have internet access.
I can 'see' the Mac from Vista, but can't open anything - Access denied. This is supposed to be simple. Anything known, please?
I suppose you've enabled the right click function of your mouse if not then go to System Preferences ,click Mouse & check off Secondary click & choose Click on the right side in the drop down menu.
Right click anywhere on your Mac's desktop > New Folder > give it a name such as Vista by right clicking it & choose Get Info > change the name in the Name & Extension box > finally check off Shared Folder.
You can drag & drop files/work/datas/movies you want to share/access from Vista PC in this folder, follow final part of the instruction afterwards.
Make sure all settings in Network & Sharing Centre of Vista PC are ON, leave Password protected sharing OFF though for easier configuration.
If there is a third party firewall then make sure the Mac's included in the trusted zone.
Now right click the folder in Vista PC you want to access from your Mac and go to the Properties dialog box. Check off "Share this folder" from the sharing tab, and create a name that you'll see on the Mac.
Go to Connect to Server on your Mac's Finder Go menu, and enter smb:// in the Server Address: box followed by your PC's IP address or registered name & click Connect. You can get your PC's local IP address by running "ipconfig" from the command line.