After trying the most simple set-up you described, a Nautilus file share, on my Linux Mint 10 (8-yr-old HP Pavilion) Notebook PC I was still frustrated for a couple of hours with a second Windows Vista laptop on the same home network both behind a router to the Internet as only the Mint shared directory showed up on the Windows machine; but, of the shared directory on the Windows machine, not a sign on the Linux Mint 10 box. After trying umpteen things in vain to fix it which I can no longer recall in detail I went back to your original instructions and tried this gem when I recalled the Nautilus share wizard had never asked me for the workgroup name:
(2) There is a bug in the nautilus-share package as of this writing that does not change the username and groupname to your name and group for any file that a remote user adds to your share. This makes it impossible for you to write to that file. Here is a workaround: add the following line to the [global] section of etc/samba/smb.conf :
force user = whatever_your_mint_user_name_is
So, as you said, I opened etc/samba/smb.conf in gedit and added this line all on its own at the very end of the Global section and saved it:
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force user = mylinuxmint10username
(I inserted this username line without any leading semi-colon)
Voilá, by miracle, Linux Mint 10 now shows the second Windows Vista machine and I can read and write to its directory.
Bless you, good sir!