Mapping a Letter Drive for Windows XP

Step-by-Step Instructions: Mapping a Letter Drive for Windows XP

If your running Windows XP on your computer, mapping a network drive or webfolder can be a little challenging. The instructions we've provided are a great resource and simplify the process into an easily understood step-by-step guide. If you encounter difficulty, please don't hesitate to call us for help. It's our job, but we also enjoy making your life easier! 

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Allow Basic Authentication

Warning: Before you are able to map a drive letter, you must first modify the registry to allow for basic authentication. It's important that you back up the registry and understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For more information on the registry, you may visit Microsoft Supports' Windows Registry Information page.

1. Click Here to open a fileshare link with the registry file you need to download.

2. Once the page opens, click on the file to download it to your computer.

2. Open the directory where the UseBasicAuth.reg file is saved, right click, then choose Copy from the menu.

3. Click the Windows Start button and choose My Computer.

4. Locate the C:\ drive (root directory), right click, and choose Paste from the menu. This should copy the UseBasicAuth.reg file into your C:\ drive.

5. Click the Windows Start button and choose Run.


6. Enter regedt32:c:\UseBasicAuth.reg in the text window, then click OK.


7. Click Yes when prompted. 


8. Click OK when prompted.


9. Click the Windows Start button and choose Restart to restart your computer.


10. When your computer reboots, you may continue with the steps below to map the letter drive.

Mapping the Letter Drive

1. Click the Start button on the bottom left, then click My Computer in the right-hand menu.


2. In the My Computer screen, select the Tools menu, and then click Map Network Drive.


3. Select the drive letter of your choice from the dropdown menu. 

4. In the Folder field, enter, where "username" is your FilesAnywhere login ID. Click finish.


5. When prompted, enter your username formatted as, where username is your FilesAnywhere login ID. Enter your password (all lowercase). Check Remember my password, then click OK.


6. You will now be able to access your account as a letter drive by clicking the Start menu and My Computer.

Add Your New Webfolder to Internet Trusted Sites

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. click the Tools menu, then select Internet Options.

3. click the Security tab, choose Trusted Sites, then click Sites.

4. Enter

5. Click the Add button and then click OK.


6. Select OK again to exit from the Internet Options.

Important Information About WebDAV

  • Some database applications may not function on a Web-based network drive exactly like they do on a standard local area network drive.  To be certain, ask your software vendor about how their software is supported accessing data files through a "WebDAV " connection.

Still Have Questions?

If you need help or have additional questions about mapping a network drive, please contact us. FilesAnywhere LIVE customer support is available weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our customer support is always free, and all engineers are located at our headquarters in the U.S. 



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