When you work with Web folders, one of the following issues
If you attempt to create or open a Web folder in Web
Folders on a computer running Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows
Millennium Edition (Me), or if you attempt to create or open a Web folder in My Network Places on Microsoft Windows 2000, you receive the following error
The folder you entered does not appear to be
valid. Please choose another.
If attempt to open an existing Web location by
double-clicking the Web folder name in the Open dialog box of a Microsoft Office 2000 program, you receive one of
the following error messages:
The current operation
cannot be completed because an unexpected error has occurred.
The folder "http://website"
isn't accessible. The folder may be located on an unavailable volume or
protected with a password.
NOTE: Although these error messages can indicate a problem with Web
folders, they can also indicate a problem with Web server configuration,
network connectivity, server extensions, and permissions.
following issues may also occur:
No Web folders are visible in the Open File dialog box of an Office 2000 program.
When you attempt to create a new Web folder, the Web Folder
Wizard finishes without errors but the Web folder is not created.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
NOTE: The steps below should be completed in order, and you need to
test Web Folders functionality after each step. Proceed to the next step only
if the problem is not resolved.
Perform the following steps on Office 2000 or any
stand-alone version of an Office 2000 product.
NOTE: Do not perform this step if you are using Microsoft Windows
2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office XP or Microsoft FrontPage 2002.
The folders that are renamed may not be replaced by running Detect and Repair.
These folders can only be restored with Microsoft Office 2000 or Microsoft
FrontPage 2000. If you receive an "access denied" error when you attempt to
rename any of the following folders, close any running programs or restart the
system in safe mode.
Start Windows Explorer, and then rename the following
After you determine which version of MDAC you have, install each
version in increments until you have installed the latest version. For example,
if you have MDAC 2.1, you will need to install MDAC 2.5 before you install MDAC
To download MDAC, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
On Microsoft Windows 2000 the MSDAIPP folder is located
%HOMEDRIVE%\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\MSDAIPP
If the MSDAIPP folder is missing or Read-only, or if the
%WINDIR%\Nethood folder is set to Read-only, you may receive the following
The Folder <HTTP Address> is no
If the MSDAIPP Folder does not exist, create
the folder at the appropriate location depending on the operating system that
is in use. If the folder is set to Read-only, remove the Read-only attribute
from that folder.
For additional information, please see the
following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:
Unable to Add a Web Folder to the My Network Places Folder
On Windows 2000 and Windows XP, use the Web Folders Repair utility (webfldrs.msi):
Start Windows Explorer.
On the main drive, navigate to WINNT\System32.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
In the Folders Options dialog box, click the View tab.
Click to select the Show Hidden Files check box, and then click OK.
Locate the webfldrs.msi file, and then
Restart the computer after installation has
Use the wecctlflags key in the registry to "disconnect" Microsoft Internet Explorer
and force Microsoft Office products to use their internal networking stack. For
more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base
If you are running Internet Explorer version 4.x or
earlier, upgrade to Internet Explorer 5.x or later. In the installation
options, choose a Custom Installation and click to select Web Folders. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base
How to Install and Use Web Folders in Internet Explorer 5
If you are already using Internet Explorer 5.x on an
operating system where Internet Explorer 5.x is not part of the operating
system (such as Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0), run Add/Remove for
Internet Explorer 5.x and select Web Folders in the installation options. For more information, see the
following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
FPSE: How to Install FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions for Internet Information Server
Disable any proxy settings in Internet Explorer. If a proxy
is being used and you cannot open a page in a Web folder by clicking the Edit button in Internet Explorer, add the address to the list of
addresses not to use with a proxy, and then test opening the Web by clicking
the Edit button in Internet Explorer. For more information about
configuring Proxy Server settings in Internet Explorer, see the following
Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Web Folders are a new Web authoring component included with
Internet Explorer 5 and Office 2000. With Web Folders, you can manage files by
using the familiar Windows Explorer or My Computer interface on Web servers
that support the WWW Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) or Web
Extender Client (WEC) protocols. These protocols are defined as follows:
WebDAV is an extension to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol
(HTTP) that extends the base set of HTTP methods to include basic file
functions such as copying and moving resources, creating folders or resource
collections, locking and unlocking resources, and setting and retrieving
WEC is a Microsoft Office 2000 protocol that is used for
Web publishing, and is usually implemented through the use of Microsoft
FrontPage Server Extensions.
Web Folders is installed as a namespace (or shell) extension to
the operating system with an icon in My Computer (root object in Windows
Explorer) or in My Network Places in Windows 2000. This root object is a
container for shortcuts to your Web publishing sites and it enumerates HTTP
URLs as files and folders. You can use Windows Explorer to view, move, copy,
rename, delete, create new, and sort files, a- well as group files by
properties and view property sheet information for files in a Web Folder,
depending on your authoring and security permissions on the Web server.
information about how to determine which folder Windows is installed in, click
the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: