Windows Vista had some issues creating and opening Web Folders (WebDAV) that was solved by a patch introduced by Microsoft 2 years ago but it seems Windows 7 has it’s own issues with web folders.
Some users report slow connections, or degrading connection speeds over time, whereas other users (like me) can’t access the shares at all, this guide will alleviate both of those issues.
Firstly, you will need:
Windows 7 RC, or RTM
The XP Mode addon with an installed Virtual XP installation ready to go
Load up your Virtual XP machine.
Once the virtual machine has booted up click start, then click on My Network Places.
When My Network Places is open you should have little or no network shortcuts listed, on the left hand side click on Add a network place.
When the wizard opens click next.
In this step choose “Choose another network location” and click next.
Type in the URL for the server here including any directories and click next, you may be prompted for a username and password for the resource.
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Type the name for the folder, this will affect any further shortcuts created for this folder, then click next.
The wizard is finished, you don’t have to open the folder up yet, so uncheck that option and click finish.
Here’s a tricky bit, right click the newly created folder and click “Create shortcut”, it should move it to the Desktop automatically, for me this didn’t do anything, but may have been to do with the environment at the time, if this happens to you right click and drag the folder to the Desktop and when the menu pops up, click Create shortcut.
Open up your Documents and Settings/All Users/Start Menu/Programs folder and paste the Shortcut in the main section, then shutdown the Virtual Machine.
In your Windows 7 machine, go to Start menu, All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, then Virtual Windows XP Applications, the shortcut to the folder will be in there, you may create a shortcut on the desktop for this by right clicking on it and clicking Send to -> Desktop (Create shortcut).
This will not only solve not being able to connect, but most issues to do with running Web Folders on anything newer than Windows XP.