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Using WebDAV on a PC

setting up webdav software on windows xp

WebDAV software allows you to easily drag files into a folder on your desktop that represents your space on the Personal Web Server ( With WebDAV you can:

  • Use Personal Web Server files and folders just like local files and folders on your computer. Save files, open files, and delete files to and from your Personal Web Server web folder through most applications, such as Dreamweaver or Contribute, just as you would do with files or folders on your computer - instead you are saving to your Personal Web Server space.
  • Drag and drop files or cut and paste them directly into your Personal Web Server folder within Mac OS X and Windows XP.

PLEASE NOTE: The native WebDAV client is not supported by Microsoft for Windows Vista or Windows 7.
For these systems, a different WebDAV software, called WebDrive, needs to be installed. See instructions for downloading and installing WebDrive on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 system. (This link requires a BC username and password)

Setting up WebDav from Windows

Select “Computer” form the Start menu


With Computer selected in the left panel, locate "Map network drive" tab in the tool bar. Click on "Map network drive".


On the "Map Network Drive" dialogue, click on the "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures" link.


On the first of a series of "Add Network Location" dialogue boxes, click Next.


Select "Choose a custom network location." and click Next.



Enter the URL of the network address and click Next. You should type in For example:

PLEASE NOTE: The beginning of this URL is "https" and your name must be in all lowercase.


A pop up window is presented asking for your BC username and password. Enter your Boston College username and password to access your directory and click OK.

In the next dialogue box, type a name for the network location. This is the name of the folder you will use to access your directory. This is a shortcut, so name it appropriately.


Now you're ready to use the drive just like you would any folder. Open applications and save files to the WebDAV drive.