Windows Vista and Mac OS 10.5.7 file sharing

I was having big problems getting a Windows Vista laptop to connect to a Mac OS X via SMB file sharing, as ever setting things up on a mac was easy, but the it just didn’t work on the windows end. Fortunately some work with google found the following, which have been the very helpful (the first one solved the issue) .

Moving Virtual Identities from Thunderbird to Mail.app

Before coming to the mac I used to use thunderbird on Windows with the virtual identity plug in which allowed for the flexibility of multiple sending addresses. I was looking for a native mac solution and found the following: