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- How to Connect to Network Shared Folders
This articles assumes that the computers are running TCP/IP as the network protocol.
- Open files
- Save files
- Delete files
- Create, modify, and delete folders
- Perform other tasks
- My Network Places
- Universal Naming Convention (UNC)
- Mapped network drive
- Open My Network Places. To do so, click Start, click My Computer, and then click My Network Places under Other Places. Or, start Windows Explorer, and then click My Network Places.
- Click Entire Network.
- Double-click Microsoft Windows Network, and then double-click DomainName, where DomainName is the name of your domain.
- Double-click ComputerName, where ComputerName is the name of the computer that contains the files that you want to access.
A list of shared folders and printers on that computer is displayed.
- Double-click the shared folder to which you want to gain access.
If your user account has permission to access this share, you can see the subfolders and files in that shared folder. What you can do with those subfolders and files depends on the level of permission that you have been granted.
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type the share name by using the following UNC format, where
ComputerName is the name of the computer to which you are trying to connect and ShareName is the name of the shared folder on that computer:\\ComputerName\ShareName
- Click OK.
If you are prompted to do so, type the user name and password that you have to use to gain access to the computer.
The contents of the shared folder are displayed.
- Start Windows Explorer.
- On the Tools menu, click Map Network Drive.
- In the Drive box, click the drive letter that you want to use for this mapped drive. You cannot use any of the drive letters that your computer currently uses.
- In the Folder box, type the name of the share to which you want to connect by using Universal Naming Convention (UNC) format, where
ComputerName is the name of the computer to which you are trying to connect, and ShareName is the name of the shared folder on that computer:\\ComputerName\ShareNameYou can also map drives to subfolders of the shared folder. For example:\\ComputerName\ShareName\SubfolderNameOr, you can click Browse, and then locate the computer to which you want to connect, the share on that computer, and optionally the subfolder in that share.
- Click Finish.
- By default, Windows tries to reconnect mapped drives the next time that you log on. If you do not want to reconnect to the mapped drive the next time that you log on (for example, if you want this mapped drive to be effective only for your current logon session), click to clear the
Reconnect at Logon check box.
- By default, you are connected to the remote computer using the logon credentials that you are currently using. If you want to use other credentials, click Connect using a different user name, and then type the appropriate user name and password to connect to the network resource.
- The mapped drive that you create is visible in the Folders pane in Windows Explorer, and so are all the other drives on your computer. You can access the files in the shared folder through any program on your computer by using the mapped drive letter.
\\computername in the Open box, you may receive an error message that indicates that the network path was not found. This behavior can be caused by a number of issues that are related to network connectivity and name resolution.
Try these steps to determine whether your computer can communicate on the network:
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
- At the command prompt, type ping
ComputerName is the name of the computer to which you want to connect, and then press ENTER. You receive one of the following responses:
- Unknown Host: This indicates that your computer cannot determine the IP address of the computer from the computer name that you typed. Check the configuration for your WINS and DNS services to make sure that you can use these services to translate computer names to IP addresses.
- The IP address of the computer to which you want to connect followed by four "Request timed out" messages: This indicates that name resolution is working, but you cannot communicate with the remote computer. Investigate possible network connectivity issues between your computer and the computer you are communicating with, such as broken or disconnected cables or problems with hubs and switches. There may also be issues with the IP address configuration on either your computer or the computer to which you want to connect.
- The IP address of the computer you are connecting to followed by four "Reply from IP Address" messages: This indicates that TCP/IP communication between the two computers is working. Determine whether the Server service is running on the computer to which you want to connect.
Article ID: 323386 - Last Review: May 15, 2017 - Revision: 2