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rayray519 Level 1 (0 points)

I am running a windows 7 laptop and my mac mini with 10.7. 


I have a single file share setup on the mac which is NTFS based (confirmed permissions are read/write).


I am unable to connect to the Mac from the windows computer.  When I enter \\\sharename I am prompt to enter the mac's login account info. When I enter the only account info I have it stays in a loop and I never log in.  It was working fine in Snow Leo.


Here is what I am also seeing on the File sharing prefs on the mac:


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Even after entering the correct password several times, it still tells me its incorrect.  I have reset the password a couple of times to make sure it wasn't that and rebooted a few times and still the same thing.


Other things I have tried"

- Disabled firewall on the Mac

- Disabled / Enabled File sharing and removing / readding the shares again (rebooting afterwards)


All didn't make any difference.


Not sure why it works on Snow and now not on Lion. 

Please help!



Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Dbassi Level 1 (0 points)

    I have almost the same problem. Called to Apple and stay for about 1h and 40min over the phone. What a shame, tried everything and the problem persists. But suddenly, without any racional explanation, I gain access to macs folders. Ok, but not at all. I am able to open Illustrator, image files like PSD or JPG, but can't open .max or office files. Everything is fine when I work from the mac. The problem is when I work on the PCs (XP and 7) and try access files on mac/Lion. Probably will go back to Snow.


    Will follow this thread, maybe somebody helps...

  • Tomel51 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same problem. Have been searching the web for a solution, as well as posting to several Mac forums.


    I found the link shown below which gives a procedure that is supposed to work:



    However, it doesn't work for me. When I get to Step #6 and enter my password, I keep getting an "Incorrect Password" notification. Also, when I try to do Step #9, the "Windows Security" window never appears - in fact, nothing at all happens.


    By the way, I am able to see my Windows 7 shared folders on my MBP, but cannot see my MBP shared folders on my Windows 7 system. Worked fine under Snow Leopard.


    I'm bookmarking this forum and will check back if anyone can come up with a solution. I assume this is a bug in Lion and have reported it to Apple.

  • rayray519 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there a place to review the list of submitted bugs somewhere?  I'll do some digging as well as it clearly looks like a bug to me as well.

  • Tomel51 Level 1 (0 points)

    I reported this apparent bug at the following site:


    Bug Reporting Page


    I don't know if there is any site where reported bugs can be viewed.

  • Dbassi Level 1 (0 points)

    Tomel51... this is the normal procedure to share folders. It work just fine on Snow, but doesn't on Lion. We have to expect Apple give us a fix or workaround to this problem very soon. For me it is yes a big problem. I'll even complain about getting my money back in the case of a downgrade to Snow (which I'll probably do). This major annoince is just the opposite of I like best in macs, that it is the friendly user experience.

  • Dbassi Level 1 (0 points)

    Thats it... can't wait for Apple's good will. Too many problems. Backing up my files to downgrade to Snow.


    Good luck to you all with Lion.

  • RupertGiles Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having a slightly different problem. After the upgrade to Lion, sharing with my Win7 Virtual Machine (VMWare Fusion) worked as it did before. Suddenly, it stopped working. I reviewed the information on the above link I turned off all sharing, rebooted, then turned it back on again. Now sharing works, except I can now see EVERYTHING from the Win7 machine. I can see the entire Mac hard drive, as well as the USB drive that I use for TM backups. I am only sharing out two folders.


    I called tech support and spoke to someone who apparently didn't know very much, as he tried to blame it on the fact that the Windows machine is running as a VM, and that it's "Still sort of on the Mac". I tried to explain that things worked before the upgrade, and don't work now, but he was clearly at a loss to provide any useful information.


    Has anyone else had this problem of "promiscuous" sharing?

  • RupertGiles Level 1 (0 points)

    This is an update to my previous post. It would appear that this "Promiscuous" file sharing is by design. In the File Sharing dialog box, it says:

    "Windows users can access shared folders on this computer, and administrators all volumes, at \\" (emphasis is mine).


    It would seem that because my login account on the Windows VM is the same as my account on the Mac host, that Mac shares everything.


    I would like to see a checkbox that would allow me to turn this off, so that I only share specific folders, rather than giving the Windows VM access to literally every file on the Mac.

  • Tomel51 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried removing all shared folders on my MBP, deselecting File Sharing, rebooting, then selecting File Sharing. Still can't see my MBP on my Win 7 system. I CAN still see my Win 7 Shared Folders on my MBP (just the Win 7 folders that I want to share - not all folders).

  • Slammer99uk Level 2 (230 points)

    I ran into a similar problem today, I could mount my Win 7 shares without trouble, but for some reason I could not see the Mac on my network in the Windows network app, but it responded to pings as normal.


    About 10-15 minutes later it just suddenly appeared and I could connect to my Mac without problem.


    When researching NAS connectivity in Lion I remembered reading about changes made to AFP and SMB in Lion, the result of which was that it would take a significantly longer period of time for the shares to connect. This "appears" to be the case. And no it had nothing to with the NetTalk 2.1/2.2 problems, so do not confuse it with those.



  • rayray519 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes Slammer, same type of thing was happening for me.  I was able to see the Mac share from the windows 7 macine, but I couldn't open anything dispite have full read/write permissions on the share.


    I am almost ready to go back to Snow Leo unless a solid workaround comes around.

  • RupertGiles Level 1 (0 points)

    Further file sharing issues, this one titled "Worked yesterday, but not today." This morning, I was unable to connect from my Win7 VM to any of my shares on the Mac. Win7 kept prompting me for login credentials, and of course nothing I entered would work.


    I turned off file sharing on the Mac, then turned it back on, and voila! My shares are back.


    This is hardly a reliable upgrade to file sharing, is it? SAMBA always worked without any issues at all.

  • rayray519 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have played around several times (turing file sharing on/off) and still won't work.  Might open a case with Apple on this one as this is frustrating.  If anyone else has a fix, please reply.



  • rayray519 Level 1 (0 points)

    Going back to Snow Leo.

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