Force FTP pages to open in Windows Explorer

Posted on 2009-12-31
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I want a user to be able to enter a username and password from client's website to open FTP straight into Windows Explorer. I want to by pass the "To view this FTP site in Windows Explorer, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer."
Question by:ccptechs
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    by:Jian An Lim
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    you mean that :

    When user try to ftp , they input user and pass and default fpt is window explorer , isn't it ?
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    Tailor this link:
    %windir%\explorer.exe /e,ftp://<username>
    First time you need to enter the password, then if you select Remember password the link will subsequently open up a Windows Explorer window connected to the FTP server.

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    I have found one work around by creating a bat file that will open the FTP in Windows Explorer then the user can enter the username and password. But I'm still looking for other solutions.
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    What's wrong with my suggestion? It works flawlessly.
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    Hi there;

    Please examine the following link with screenshots:

    Steps taken from the link:
    First you will need to set the proper settings to allow Windows Explorer to connect to the FTP server:
    Open control panel via your start menu and double click on Internet Options.
    Select the Advanced tab at the top and scroll down to you see Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer) and make sure it is Checked.
    Scroll down to Use Passive FTP (for Firewall and DSL modem compatibility.) and make sure it is checked. Click OK to save these settings.
    Next open your start menu and click on My Network Places.
    Click on Add Network Place.
    The following Wizard will open, click on the Next Button.
    Select the Choose another network location option and click Next.
    Enter the ftp address for your domain, e.g. Click Next to continue.
    Make sure Log on anonymously is NOT checked.
    Enter your username replacing the @ with %25, i.e. Click Next to continue.
    Enter a name to call this connection, e.g. Click Next to continue.
    Make sure Open this network place when I click Finish is checked, and click Finish.
    Enter your FTP password and click Log On to connect to your FTP server.
    You have completed the setup of FTP via Windows Explorer.

    Best regards.

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    Windows Explorer -> tools -> map network drive.
    Link at bottom, 'Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server'.
    Follow the 'Add Network Place' wizard.

    Next, next, then enter
    Enter the username for the FTP server.
    Enter a name for the network place.
    Finish up the wizard.

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