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Q: How do you specify a username/password for accessing a Web Folder under WinXP? ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: How do you specify a username/password for accessing a Web Folder under WinXP?
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: bigjosh2-ga
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Posted: 23 Nov 2006 19:53 PST
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Question ID: 785175
How do I specify the username/password when accessing a Web Folder under WinXP?

I use the "Add a Netowork Place" wizard to create the web folder on my
machine, but the wizard never gives me a chance to specify what
username and password to use when connecteding to the WebDAV server.

It seems like it just automatically uses my WinXP username and
password. I want to specify a different username/password than my
WinXP ones.

How can I specify a different username and password for WinXP to use
when connecting to the Web Folder?

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 24 Nov 2006 05:39 PST
Hi bigjosh2,

Try this. When you enter the URL in the wizard, add port 80 to the
address like this:  http://host:80/path/

Please let me know if that solves it for you.
Good luck!

Clarification of Question by bigjosh2-ga on 25 Nov 2006 19:05 PST
Turns out that a combination of "user:pass@" *and* adding ":80" at the
end does the trick. I'd tried both separately with no luck.


Clarification of Question by bigjosh2-ga on 25 Nov 2006 19:11 PST
Nope - spoke too soon. When you specify "http://User:Pass@host:80/",
it only appears to work, but in fact it still silently attempts to
sign in with your XP credentials and when that fails is signs in
anonymously. Oh well.

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 25 Nov 2006 19:49 PST
Hi bigjosh2,

Well, that's too bad, I really though :80 would work as it's suppose
to fix an XP bug.

Windows XP and the "mini redirector"
"Microsoft introduced WebDAV client support in Windows 98
a feature called "Web folders". This client was simply an extension to
Windows Explorer (the desktop/file manager) and later included in
Windows 2000. In Windows XP, Microsoft changed the client to the
"WebDAV mini-redirector". This new client works at the filesystem
level, allowing WebDAV shares to be assigned to a drive letter and
used by all software. However, all versions of the redirector have
serious bugs[1]. It has been known to try to convert HTTP URL's to UNC
paths e.g http://host/path/ to \\host\path\. It also often uses
Windows Domain authentication when answering HTTP basic-auth
challenges. One known fix which may work around the first problem is
to explicitly specify the port number in the URL e.g
http://host:80/path/. This reportedly forces the use of the old "Web
folders" client."

Here's another thing to try:

When you see the default username, cancel from network location
window, click next, reenter username/password (ignore any error
message). Repeat: cancel,reenter,ignore several times before clicking

Good luck,
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: How do you specify a username/password for accessing a Web Folder under WinXP?
From: kugle-ga on 24 Nov 2006 08:50 PST
maybe you can try like this:

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