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How do I map a network drive in windows XP?

Article ID: 205
Last updated: 15 May, 2012

How To Map a Network Drive in Windows XP Using Windows Explorer

Windows XP supports several different methods for mapping a network drive. A network drive is a file folder located on a remote computer that has been configured for sharing over a network These instructions explain the process to map a shared network drive using Windows Explorer.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1 minute

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Here's How:

  1. Open My Computer from the Windows Start Menu or bny double clicking on it from the desktop
  2. From the Tools menu, click Map Network Drive…. A new Map Network Drive window opens.
  3. In the Map Network Drive window, choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list located next to the "Drive:" option. Any drives already mapped will have a shared folder name displayed inside the dropdown list, next to the drive letter.
  4. Type the name of the folder to map . Alternatively, click the Browse… button to find the correct folder by browsing available network shares.

(Example:  to connect to The VPAA share on the NAS the foldername would be \\nas-t\share\vpaa )

Call the helpdesk if you are unsure of where your folder is located.

  1. Click the "Reconnect at login" checkbox if this network drive should be mapped permanently. Otherwise, this drive will un-map when the user logs out of this computer.
  2. If the remote computer that contains the shared folder requires a different username and password to log in, click the "different user name" hyperlink to enter this information.
  3. Click Finish.
  4. If the drive letter was previously mapped to a different location, a message box will appear asking to replace the current connection with the new one. Click Yes to disconnect and un-map the old mapped drive.
  5. If the Finish operation succeeds, the network drive will be mapped. If the network drive cannot be mapped, ensure the folder name is spelled correctly, that this folder was correctly set up for sharing on the remote computer, that (if necessary) the correct username and password have been entered, and that the computer network connections are functioning properly.


  1. To disconnect a mapped network drive, use the Tools/Disconnect Network Drive… option in Windows Explorer, or right-click on the folder in My Computer and choose the "Disconnect" menu option.

What You Need:

  • A local computer running Microsoft Windows XP

  • The folder name name of a shared folder on a remote computer

  • Working LAN connections on both the local and remote computers


For more information or to get assistance,  Contact the helpdesk at 518-244-4777 or by emailing

Article submitted by Jon Brennan

Article ID: 205
Last updated: 15 May, 2012
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