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Get Leopard and Windows to play nice

Mac OS X and Windows machines don't get along, right? Wrong. Try our tips for cross-platform happiness on your network.

  • Configuring a Mac to participate in a Windows network, step 2: In the Advanced Network Options dialog, click the WINS tab and fill in the NetBIOS name and the workgroup name. If a WINS server is used on the network, fill in the address.

  • If you're using Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, your hard drive has a Mac partition and a Windows partition. Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X gives the Mac partition full read-write access to an NTFS-formatted Windows partition.

  • Configuring a Mac to participate in a Windows network, step 1: In System Preferences, select the Network pane, choose an active network interface and click the Advanced button.

  • Sharing files on your Mac with Windows computers: First, go to the Sharing pane in System Preferences and check the File Sharing checkbox. Then click the Options button and choose to share files using AFP, FTP and/or SMB. If you choose SMB, specify which users will be allowed to connect to the Mac remotely.

  • Sharing printers: In the Sharing pane in System Preferences, check the Printer Sharing checkbox. Then open the Print & Fax pane in System Preferences, select the appropriate printer and check "Share this printer." Also, be sure SMB file sharing is enabled (see previous page).

  • The file browser in the latest version of Parallels lets you navigate and manage the contents of a virtual machine's hard drive image even if the virtual machine is shut down.

  • MacDrive for Windows gives your Windows partition full read-write access to your Mac OS X partition.

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