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Parallels – Moving Files from Mac Desktop to Windows


I have been messing around with my new intel iMac and it pretty freaking awesome. I installed Parallels, so I can run Windows and Mac OSX at the same time and it seems pretty seamless. I needed to move a file from my Mac desktop to the Windows desktop and unfortunately I couldn’t just drag and drop (what can I say except the simplicity of Macintosh has me spoiled!). So, this is the easiest way I found to be able to move a file from the Macintosh desktop to the Windows desktop:

Under the Apple Menu, select System Preferences, then select Sharing.

Turn on Windows Sharing and it will give you an IP address for access to your Mac.

Go to your Windows desktop, launch Internet Explorer (or any browser) and type in the IP address that you were given (bookmark it for easy access in the future).

You should now be able to transfer files from your Mac desktop to you Windows desktop. TA-DAH!

Yes, I know this is an extremely nerdy post…:D

posted under Geeky Stuff, Technology
12 Comments to

“Parallels – Moving Files from Mac Desktop to Windows”

  1. On January 25th, 2007 at 8:25 pm TvCokeCan Says:

    Give little ol’ Windows a break, it was still using LP1 when it came out! heh, Vista is better I can promise you. [Don't worry this IS TvCokeCan not Bill Gares]

  2. On February 11th, 2007 at 6:47 pm Anonymous Says:

    Thank you so much for your extremely nerdy post!

  3. On February 18th, 2007 at 7:44 pm Anonymous Says:

    Worked fabulous. Thank u for the Mac to Parallels file moving tip! It helped me finish a work assignment for the night.

  4. On September 11th, 2007 at 7:15 pm Rich Collins Says:

    It is always a nice surprise to find tech information provided by an attractive woman

  5. On September 11th, 2007 at 7:33 pm Vicious Summer Says:

    I’m glad I could help.

    Windows always tries to make things harder then they should be. You know if it was up to Apple, they would just let you drag and drop… ;)

  6. On September 18th, 2007 at 4:18 pm Anonymous Says:

    thanks i was so clueless…everywhere i looked there were parallel manuals that made this so difficult to understand!

    trust a pretty woman to answer it SIMPLY.


  7. On December 31st, 2007 at 4:53 pm Anonymous Says:

    you’re the shit. thanks for the advice, it was not an obvious answer at all.

  8. On April 27th, 2008 at 6:42 pm Anonymous Says:

    That was an awesome post. You came up first in my google search….very helpful!

  9. On March 11th, 2009 at 11:36 am Matt Says:

    I actually do web development for my company and came across this post. It’s fantastic but I’d like to add a bit. First note that my Parallels is running XP (not Vista). Instead of entering the IP address into a browser, try the following:

    0) Follow the steps listed above to setup Windows sharing on your Mac. Let’s assume you get \\\yourlogin

    1) Go to Parallels and Click on the Network Places link in the start menu.

    2) Click the “Add a network place” link on the left.

    3) Run through the wizard. Do the “Choose another network location” and then enter your IP in when prompted (\\\yourlogin in this example).

    That’s it. Now you can access your Mac using the Network Locations from your start menu. It’s not a huge deal but it saves you having to launch IE just to access your new share.

  10. On April 28th, 2011 at 3:41 am Hala Says:

    I tried all the above suggestions and it did not work for me
    I would appreciate any other suggestions

    thank you

  11. On May 18th, 2011 at 7:51 pm Laura Says:

    am i the only one who doesn’t have a ‘windows sharing’ option? :(

  12. On January 21st, 2012 at 2:00 am Kevin Says:

    I had a little trouble and I solved it. I am running osx lion with xp running on parallels.
    1. If you don’t have the “windows sharing” then the name “web sharing” is what you are looking for.. this is located in the “APPLE LOGO -> system preference -> sharing -> “web sharing”
    2. you will see a domain name or a name for you computer looking like
    this ->
    which is “your computer’s website is available at this address:
    4. go to parallels now -> Start -> My computer -> My network places (which in xp is in column on the left that says “other places”)-> add a network place
    5. wizard pops up -> next -> choose another location ->
    6. then put in your which is your computer’s web site
    7. next and give it a name and you should be ok :)

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