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Windows cannot see Mac shares on network

While the Macs can all see Windows machines and other SMB shares in the network, the Windows machines running Win 7 Pro cannot see a single Mac nor their shares. Everything is setup correctly according to ever article I have ever read. When trying to connect from the Windows side, I am prompted for credentials but we never authenticate even though the account and password are correct. I've turned firewalls off and on, on and off but Windows machines see no Macs. All are on the same subnet and the other Macs can see what is shared.

MS level one support was stymied too.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Do you have enabled Windows sharing on your Mac? Can you ping your Mac? Can you browse to the folder by IP address?

yes, SMB is sharing for Windows is turned on. Mac is pingable from Win 7 Pro by name and address. Cannot browse because share isn't seen. I still get prompted for credentials which fail. Almost like it's only one-way communication.

Did you check the permissions on the folder?
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James Murphy

Any chance that the Mac share name contains characters that are illegal in Windows?

For instance, any file or folder on a Mac starting with a period would be invisible to Windows. See also:


Also, there is a 9 page long thread on the Mac discussion groups with a variety of possible solutions:


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For future reference, what in thread was the solution?

Also, aren't you going to award points?
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And at the end...how did you solve it, what was causing the problem?

gave me the exact thread I needed!