Sharing files between Mac & PC with Virtual PC
What you'll need
What you have to do
Don't worry, it's really fairly
simple. Let's first look
at the PC, as this is probably the less complicated part to explain. Your
PC has to have a working and installed Ethernet card. This may sound easy
and straight forward, but hell no, it isn't. However, I'll just hope you
already have that solved. If you have Windows 98, Ethernet card recognition
is actually fairly good. You have to install the Microsoft Network services,
in case they aren't already installed. You can do this in the Network
control panel, check the services and add the new service in case it's
not on the list. You'll need a Windows CD for that.
Now let's look at
the Mac. Again your Mac needs a working Ethernet port, but that really
isn't hard. Then start up your copy of Virtual PC and make sure that Ethernet
is enabled in the preferences. Maybe you have to restart VPC to enable
it first. Then once this is done, proceed to installing the Microsoft
on VPC. This is done in exactly the same way as on the PC.
Then you'll have to connect both computers via Ethernet (well, actually you better do that first) and have the PC look for the Virtual PC. It may be handy to know the name and workgroup of your Virtual PC (can also be checked in the control panels). Sometimes Windows doesn't find sharing computers (it actually almost never does), so you'll have to serach for it in the Search menu under search Computer. Once both "PCs" are aware of each other, you an share files between those items you made "sharing".
Now for the Mac filesharing:
as you may have guessed, we won't have the Mac share files with the PC,
but we'll simply let the PCs do that. Since you can drag&drop between
VPC and Mac OS, this is really handy.
I'm aware this is only a rather rough description of what you have to do to get it working, but I won't be going into details of Windows. If you're unlucky enough to have to use a PC, then you were most certainly also taught to do the most important stuff. In case you have any questions concerning this article, e-mail to email@example.com or ask a PC using friend to do it for you. For questions concerning VPC, consult your manual.
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