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Map Network Drive in Windows 8 & 8.1

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How do you network map Windows 8? Network mapping for Windows 8 is a pretty simple task; you can even map a network drive using an IP address on Windows 8 by using Windows 8.1 network devices. Here’s what network mapping is all about showing a few case studies.

Mapping a drive in a Windows system is basic and something essential that everyone should know, whether they consider themselves tech junkies or not. The term “mapping network drive” might sound relatively new for the larger percentage of the readers going through this article.  Congratulations if you have been familiar with it prior to reading this!

Mapping a drive in general is a term which refers to someone gaining permanent access to a file or folder which is presently residing on another computer, another server or network storage device. In layman terms, it refers to the sharing of files, folders or even drives from one computer to another. This will be done by Windows granting access to the requisite resources from the original owner/user computer to your computer by assigning a new letter to a newly created driver in the computer. It can be accessed by any other regular, pre-existing driver in the computer.

Network mapping can be done on other systems like Linux as well and all forms of Windows like Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 also. If you are someone who can’t map a network drive on Windows or has issues to map a network drive on a Mac, this article will surely help you.

Sharing files/drives from one computer to another computer

Let us have a look at how to execute this practically. You can right click on any of the disk drives (C: /, D: /, E: /, F: / etc.) on your computer and select the ‘Properties’ option at the bottom. This will result in the Properties dialog box popping up on your screen for that drive. Next, go to the ‘Sharing’ tab. There, you will find the Advanced Sharing option where you can check the ‘Share this folder’ option and specify the name of what will be saved. It is important to note that when you go to the Permissions tab, check out all 3 kinds of permissions available-Full Control, Change and Read. This is available for all kinds of users on this drive or folder that you are sharing. In order to successfully share files, folders or drives and all of the content contained in them, you need to know your full computer name. You have to change the computer name and the domain name and change the workgroup name as well. You can access the folder or drive from another PC by simply going to the Run option from the Start menu and typing \\ComputerName.

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How to Network Map Windows 7

The first and foremost step is to ensure that the sharing feature is on. Go to Control Panel, select the Network and Internet subsection. Open the Network and Sharing center, and click on Advanced Sharing Settings. Save the 128-bit encryption settings and then the next step is to ensure that you have a password for your device. Next, go to Control Panel->User Accounts and Family Safety->User Accounts. Below the Make Changes to Your Account, click on the Change Password option. Write down the new password and confirm it. You can type a password hint for other users, or in case you forget it yourself.  The next step is to create or choose a folder you want to share. Right click on the folder and go to the Properties option. Click on the Sharing tab on the Properties dialog box. Add the required people or everyone and change files Permissions for them such as read/write. On the Advanced Sharing option, you can either add or deny permissions like Full Control, Change and Read by checking the boxes accordingly. You can add all the files you want to share.

The next step is mapping the folder. Go to Computer where all the drives are and select Map Network Drive. Then select the drive name and browse your computer for the file/folder whose permissions have been modified suitably prior to this. Click Finish after everything is done. You will get to see the entire file path under the Network Location tab. You need to repeat step 1 which is turning on the Sharing feature on the other computer. Map the network drive on your second computer by selecting the drive letter name and type in the username and password of the first computer when it asks for it.

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How to network map for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Open File Explorer in Windows 8 (or 8.1) with all the drives and folders. Select the option Map Network Drive on the ribbon, select the drive and the file / folder path and click on Finish. A Windows security dialog appears on the screen which asks you to enter the network password. When you click on My Computer, under Network Locations, you can see the drive which is connected and the network location which is mapped to the drive. You can right click and rename the drive too whenever the need arises.

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