Is there a built in FTP client in Vista OS?

Posted on 2009-02-13
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I had used Filezilla int he past but I'm wondering if there is a built in FTP client in the Vista OS and if it is worth using?  All I need to do is upload files to my webhost.  Thanks.
Question by:vsllc

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You can also ftp from explorer. Right the start ball and click explore, click in the address area delete everything and put ftp://blah.com
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from  command line (run cmd) you can use the ftp client to upload or download files
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OK.  I know this should be really simple but how do I set this up?  My only real experience is with Filezilla and there was an interface screen where I had to enter the web address, password, etc.  and then it was simple click and drag.  I assume this will work the same way once I get it setup.

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winthropj earned 2000 total points
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Why not just reload Filezilla?   But if you can't for some reason read on below and post back if you questions.
filezilla     http://filezilla-project.org/download.php

If you use the command line FTP program you will need to learn the commands, put, get, open,  etc.....
The ftp functionality within explorer is going to function a lot like moving files around on your computer.
Right click the start ball and click explore.
Click in the address bar at the top of the screen and delete whatever is in there.
Type in ftp://ftp.youraddress.com  <-- whatever your address is.
Then hit ENTER. It will open a credentials dialogue. Give it your username and password.
It should open to the folder on the ftp server.
You can then just move files back and forth by dragging and dropping.
I saw something about being able to save the ftp to your favorites but I didn't see where to do this. I think it might mean you can save to IE favorites. If you do it opens the ftp site in IE which I don't find user friendly but you can click the page button from there to then open in explorer.

Basically the setup you speak of isn't there. THe path will save though so next time you are in exlorer you can choose it from the drop menu.
Hope this helps.

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ID: 23664328
I tried this but kept getting the following message:

"Windows cannot access this folder.  Make sure you typed the file name correctly and that you have permission to access this folder.
The server  name or address could not be resolved."

I was never prompted for credentials.

I'll go with filezilla.  I thought that going with something inside Windows would keep it simple and be one less piece of software to install and update.

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