How to Map a Drive in XP


The Microsoft Windows XP operating system simplified networking Windows computers together. Many features in Windows XP address the issues when networking two or more machines together to form a LAN, or local area network. One of these features is the ability to map a network drive. When the user maps a network drive, they assign a local drive letter to a network share, folder or drive. The mapped drive may be set to be saved and reconnected, with the drive letter to be assigned upon login.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and then click "My Network Places."

  • Click the "Entire Network" option and then click "Microsoft Windows Network."

  • Click the domain (network) to open it. The connected computers on that domain will be displayed.

  • Click on the computer with the share or drive to be mapped locally. All shares on the computer will list.

  • Navigate to and right-click on the share, folder or drive that will be mapped. Click "Map Network Drive."

  • Click the "Drive Letter" drop-down box and select the drive letter to use for the mapped drive.

  • Check the check box in front of the "Reconnect at Login" option to reconnect and remap the drive at each login.

  • Click the "Finish" button. The drive is mapped.

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