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. You’ll learn in this article how to map a WebDAV drive in Windows 10 so you can access your remote files directly in File Explorer.
In order to connect to the WebDAV directory in Windows 10, 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.”
2. Click “Map network drive …”
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.
4. If you click the “Browse” option next to the folder mention and get the message below, enable network discovery in Network and Sharing Center, then proceed to the next step.
5. Check 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.
6. Click the link “Connect to a web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.”
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 if you want, you can change it.
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.
regedit and press Enter to open Windows Registry Editor.
3. Go to the directory path: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters.”
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.
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.