Create a Connection
There are different ways to connect a Mac to a PC. You may connect both computers to a local network. I created a direct connection between my Mac and PC with an Ethernet cable. This is a straight forward method and the good thing about this is that you only need a cross-over cable to create a connection. When you connect the both computers with the cable, your Mac will automatically detect that it’s connecting to a Windows PC.
Buy an Ethernet cable from a local computer shop or buy it online from websites like eBay.com, etc. A 5 feet cross-over Ethernet cable with two RJ45 connectors will cost you around US $2. Once you’ve the cable, connect one end of the cable to your Mac and the other to the PC.
After plugging the cable to the computers, go to the PC and open System Properties from Control Panel. Click on the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. The default workgroup name set on Windows XP is MSHOME and WORKGROUP on Windows Vista.
Now go to your Mac and open up Directory Access from the Utilities folder. Next, double-click on SMB/CIFS and type in the same workgroup name you’ve on the Windows computer.
Note: If you can’t make changes, click on the lock at bottom-left side of the screen and then try again.
Open up the Finder window (click on the Finder icon in the Dock) and click Go →Network. Next, locate the name of your PC and login with your Windows user credentials.