I am looking for a guide to help me set up access from my RPi to the various Windows 7 and Windows XP computers on my home LAN. I have succeeded in setting up Samba and accessing a folder on the Pi from both Windows 7 and XP, but I was not finding any information to explain what I need to do to go the other way. Typically each Windows computer will have a shared folder that is accessible from other LAN connected devices. I'd like to be able to read and write to that from the Pi.
Edit - I stumbled across how to access the network shares while using File Manager.
It is not very intuitive, and has a caveat. Click on Go, then Network Drives (even though I have not assigned any network drives) and Windows Networks will appear. Left click on that, and a folder will appear with your workgroup name. Do NOT left-click that, or oddly File Manager jumps to the / level of the file tree on the Pi itself. Instead, RIGHT-click the workgroup named folder, and select File Manager. That will open it an reveal the shares available inside it.
And then I found information on how to make accessing Windows Shares work on this Ubuntu site URL below. I now have the ability to copy and paste files between the Pi and my PCs.
Mostly it was a matter of creating the section listed under [share] they show for the samba.conf file, as well as rearranging the "name resolve order" as indicated in that information.
One thing I still cannot do is open a text file on one of the Windows shares, using Leafpad on the Pi, and then edit it, and save it back to the Windows share. Attempting to do so just opens a new unknown named text file on the Pi itself. And when Save is selected no network paths are offered for the save, only the local file structure of the Pi itself. If there is a way around that I would like to learn of it.