How to Map a WebDAV Drive in Windows

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Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an HTTP extension that provides a collaborative way of editing and managing your files on a remote web server. Here we will show you how to map a WebDAV drive in Windows so you can access your remote files directly in File Explorer.

In order to connect to the WebDAV directory in Windows, you’ll need the WebDAV site URL, your WebDAV account login details, and a name for the shortcut or connection. All three allow you to map WebDAV by mounting its folder as a mapped drive so you can view, edit, or delete files from the remote web server using your computer.

How to Map a WebDAV Drive in Windows 10

1. Open File Explorer on your computer and right click “This PC.”

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 This Pc

2. Click “Map network drive …”

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 Map Network

Alternately, you can also use the “Map network drive” drop-down box in the Computer tab of File Explorer. Select “Map network drive” from the list.

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3. In the new dialog box, enter the drive letter you want to map to and the folder where you’ll add or edit WebDAV files on your local computer.

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4. If you click the “Browse” option next to the folder mention and get the “Network discovery is turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible…” message, this means you need to enable network discovery in Network and Sharing Center.

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Change the setting by going to “Settings -> Network & Internet -> Status -> Network & Sharing Center.”

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Select “Change advanced sharing settings.”

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Select “Turn on network discovery” under both the Private and Guest/Public sections. Then, press Save Changes.

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5. Check the “Reconnect at sign-in” and “Connect using different credentials” boxes. Checking the “Reconnect at sign-in” box allows the WebDAV connection to be restored when you reboot your computer.

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 Check Boxes

6. Click the link “Connect to a web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.”

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7. Click Next.

8. Now click “Choose a custom network location.”

9. Click Next.

10. Enter your domain URL in the Internet or Network address field with the WebDAV directory at the end.

11. Type your WebDAV username and password.

12. Click OK. The “Type a name for this network location” is already filled in but can be changed.

13. Click Next and then click Finish.

On File Explorer, the WebDAV folder will be displayed as a mapped drive. You can now add, edit, or delete files or directories through File Explorer.

What to Do When You Cannot Connect to WebDAV Directory

Note: should you find difficulties connecting to the WebDAV directory, update the Basic Authentication Level in Windows Registry.

1. Right-click Start and select Run.

2. Type regedit and press Enter to open Windows Registry Editor.

3. Go to the directory path:

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 Registry

4. Find “BasicAuthLevel” value. By default, the value is set at 2, but if it’s not, right-click and select Modify and then change to 2.

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 Registry Change

What to Do If You Can’t Access Your WebDAV Folder?

Even if you were able to successfully map a WebDAV drive in Windows, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to access content within it. The most common cause is the folder is stored on a server using an older version of Windows.

This also happens if you’re not using the latest version of Windows. For example, if you used Windows XP and the folder contains more than 1,000 files, you may not be able to see the file you need.

Another issue is experienced when you restart your computer and are not automatically reconnected. This usually means the WebClient service is either disabled or set to Manual. Go to Start, search for Services, and select the result.

Then, scroll until you find WebClient, right-click it and choose “Properties.”

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Set the Startup type to “Automatic” and press Apply to apply the changes.

How To Map A Webdav Drive In Windows 10 Services Auto

Were you able to map your WebDAV drive to File Explorer and access your remote files in Windows 10? Share your experience in a comment below.

Don’t like the look of Windows 10 File Explorer? Learn how to make it look and feel more like Windows 7. You can also easily hide OneDrive if it’s not something you use.

Crystal Crowder Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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