Click the Advanced button. Select the WINS tab. In the Workgroup field, enter the same workgroup name you're using on the PC. Click the OK button. Click the Apply button. In the Start menu, right-click the Computer link. Select 'Properties' from the pop-up menu. In the System Information window that opens, click the 'Change settings' link in the 'Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings' category.
In the System Properties window that opens, click the Change button. The button is located next to the line of text that reads 'To rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup, click Change. Remember, the workgroup names must match on the PC and the Mac. Click OK. A status dialog box will open, saying 'Welcome to the X workgroup,' where X is the name of the workgroup you entered earlier.
File and Printer Sharing Between Windows 7 and Mac OS X
Click OK in the status dialog box. A new status message will appear, telling you that 'You must restart this computer for the changes to take effect.
Close the System Properties window by clicking OK. Restart your Windows PC. Select Start, Control Panels , Programs. In the Programs Panel, select 'Turn Windows features on or off. Restart your Windows 7 PC. Select Start, Devices, and Printers. In the Printers and Fax list, right-click the printer you wish to share and select 'Printer Properties' from the pop-up menu. In the Printer Properties window, click the Sharing tab. Place a check mark next to the 'Share this printer' item. In the Share name: Be sure not to use spaces or special characters.
A short, easy-to-remember name is best. Place a check mark next to the 'Render print jobs on client computers' item. Select Start, Control Panels. In the Control Panels window, click the 'View network status and tasks' item. Write down the entry for IPv4 Address.
Use Printer Sharing to Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac
This is your Windows 7 computer's IP address, which you will use when you configure your Mac in later steps. The Add Printer window will open. Right-click the toolbar and select 'Customize Toolbar' from the pop-up menu. Drag the Advanced icon from the icon palette to the Add Printer window's toolbar.
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Click the Done button. Click the Advanced icon in the toolbar. Use the Print Using the dropdown menu to select a printer driver to use. You can also use Select Printer Driver to pick the specific driver for your printer. Remember, not all printer drivers support the LPD protocol, so if the selected driver doesn't function, try one of the generic types. Click the Add button. Highlight the printer you just added to the printer list by clicking it once. From the menu, select Printer, Print Test Page. The test page should appear in the printer queue on your Mac and then print through your Windows 7 printer.
That's it; you're ready to use your shared Windows 7 printer on your Mac. VirtualBox must be installed before it can be used. The default settings are fine: Note the location of your VDI file. You will now be taken back to the Virtual Machine Manager, which will no longer be empty.
Your VM is a computer within a computer, which means it must be started and shut down like a normal computer it also means it can get viruses so be careful. What is important to note on this screen is the host key, which is set to Left Command key.
Normally after Windows installed, you can simply move your mouse out of the VM window and it will be back on your Mac side. It will boot like a normal computer, but in a window on your Mac. You must remember your host key, which defaults to the left Command key. Follow the on-screen instructions, the default settings should be fine. Since this is a new VM, there is nothing to upgrade, so Custom would be the most logical choice.
Your VM may reboot a few times as Windows in installed, but most of your time will be spent watching your screen, so this would be a good time to get up and walk around. Before you can actually use your new VM, you will need to enable a shared folder. This folder is used to access files on your Mac from your VM. To configure a shared folder, your VM must be powered off.