How to transfer files from pc (xp) to mac (osx) using ethernet cable

I am writing this because it seems that all the online guides fail to notate a couple of very important items regarding logging into the pc. This is for PC users running Windows XP

To move files by connecting your Mac directly to your PC:
1. Turn off the PC
2. Connect your Mac to your PC using a standard Ethernet cable.
3. Turn on the PC.
4. On the PC select the files you wish to transfer and drag them to your shared folder (probably called shared documents). Right-click & select properties, click the Sharing tab, then in ‘Network sharing and security’ click on the text” ‘If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here


5. Now tick ‘Just enable file sharing.
6. Now tick both boxes ‘Share this folder on the network’ and ‘allow network users to change my files.
7. Make a note of the folder name here (probably default is documents – this is your sharename).
8. On the PC: Control panel>Firewall: turn off firewall (since there is no internet connection now, it’s ok)
9. On the Mac: Preferences> network> firewall: turn off
10.On the PC: Control Panel>User Accounts> Change the password: Change this to something else (ie 1234)
11. On the PC: Control Panel>System>Tab to Computer Name: Write down the ‘Full computer name’ this is your DNSname below
12. In the Finder on your Mac, choose Connect to Server from the Go menu to open the window.
13. Type your PC’s network address in the Server Address text box using one of these formats:
smb://DNSname/ShareName
smb://IPaddress/ShareName
14. Click Connect.
15. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your PC’s workgroup name, user name, password, and the volume or folder you wish to access.
16. Your PC volume should appear on your Mac Desktop.
17. Open the volume and drag and drop files directly from it to anywhere on your Mac.

Now don’t forget to change your firewall settings back as well as your password. I hope this helps someone – I was feeling very frustrated at the lack of correct guides.