How to Map a Drive in XP

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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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