Windows 7 WebDAV - cannot connect to a secure network share starting with https://


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Feb 2, 2009
Hey all, I know WebDAV has been hell ever since MS messed things up with Windows Vista. They had to issue a patch to update the components after vista was released and now WebDAV is an even bigger pain in the arse with Windows 7.

My university has created a network share for university student to connect to and we can download the podcasts of our lectures and the powerpoint slides before or after lecture. The problem is that the share is protected by https:// so you must enter the url where the share is located starting with the https:// prefix.

After I use the map network drive command option in 'Computer' and try to enter the URL where the share is located and Windows 7 prompts me and says the folder name is invalid. WTF? How would windows 7 know whether it is invalid or not?

I have also noticed it doesn't work on Windows 7 x86 or x64.

There is a very nice, simple free program called AnyClient that can connect incase anyone is looking for a way to connect like I was. :frown:

If anyone has any helpful hints to get the WebDAV function built into Windows 7 to work please let me know.

It seems like you're facing issues with WebDAV on Windows 7 when trying to connect to a network share protected by HTTPS. Windows 7 can sometimes be finicky with WebDAV setups, but it should be possible to get it working. Here are some steps you can try to troubleshoot and potentially resolve this issue:

1. Check Firewall Settings: Ensure that your firewall settings are not blocking the connection. Sometimes, firewalls can interfere with HTTPS connections.

2. Use the "Add Network Location" Wizard:
- Instead of directly mapping the network drive, try using the "Add Network Location" wizard in Windows 7. This can sometimes work more smoothly.
- Go to "Computer" and click on "Map Network Drive." From there, select "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures."

3. Ensure Proper URL Format:
- Make sure you are entering the URL in the correct format. It should start with "https://" and include the full path to the WebDAV share.
- For example, the URL should look something like: "".

4. Enable Basic Authentication:
- Sometimes, enabling Basic Authentication for WebDAV connections can help with compatibility. Check if this is an option on the server side.

5. Use Third-Party Clients:
- As you mentioned, using a third-party client like AnyClient can be a good workaround if the built-in Windows 7 WebDAV functionality is causing issues.

6. Update Windows 7:
- Ensure your Windows 7 system is fully updated with the latest patches and security updates. Sometimes, updates can improve compatibility with network shares.

If you continue to experience issues with the built-in WebDAV functionality in Windows 7, using a third-party client like AnyClient might be the simplest solution for accessing your university network share. Remember to always exercise caution when using third-party software, especially when it involves sensitive or confidential information.