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Mapping a network drive in Windows

May 30, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

NOTE: In order to do any of this from any off-campus computer or if you are using the on-campus wireless you must download and install WiscVPN. You can get WiscVPN at this web address:

If you are connecting from a wired network connection on campus, you can skip the WiscVPN stuff.

Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Button
  2. Click Computer
  3. Click Map network drive.
  4. Select a drive letter from the dropdown menu.
  5. In Folder, type the server name and path provided to you by your IT person.  Usually, this looks something like \\\yourfilespace, where the server is and yourfilespace is the path to your file sharing area.
  6. Enter the username and password provided to you by your IT person.  Remember that case is very important when typing your username and password.
  7. Click Reconnect at logon if you want to always have this drive mapped.
  8. Click Connect using different credentials unless your IT person tells you differently.
  9. Click Finish.

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start Button
  2. In the "Run" area, type the path to your network drive and press Enter.
    1. Usually this is two slashes that lean to the left, followed by the name of the server.  Such as... \\
  3. When prompted, enter your username and password.
    1. You can choose to remember the password for this account by clicking the box.
  4. Once you are able to connect, you should see all of the different connection folders available.  You won't be able to connect to them unless you have been granted permission. 
  5. Right-click the folder you'd like to connect to.
  6. Choose "Map Network Drive".
  7. Choose a drive letter, and choose the option "reconnect at logon" for keeping that drive mapped so it "remembers" to connect the two in the future.

You should have a permanently mapped drive letter with a saved password.

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