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After installing XP SP2, WebDAV no longer works.
After installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, you will no longer be able to connect to your account using WebDAV.

DreamHost uses BasicAuth (basic authentication) to verify your username and password when you connect to your account via WebDAV. Service Pack 2 for Windows XP disables support for BasicAuth.

You can enable BasicAuth in SP2 by adding the following registry key and setting it to a non-zero value:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\UseBasicAuth (DWORD)

Reboot your machine, and WebDAV will begin working properly.

We are currently evaluating using options other than BasicAuth to resolve this issue. In the meantime, the workaround posted above will get the job done.

Click here to read more information on Microsoft's decision to disable BasicAuth.

Last updated: Sep 13, 2004.

User Post (2005-08-02 14:37:30 by dsdavis)
Adding a slash pound (/#) worked for me, too.
User Post (2005-05-26 12:56:30 by jonhassall)
I have found it works on Windows XP SP2 IF you do http://www.webdav/webdavfolder/#

Weird!
User Post (2005-02-27 21:44:48 by mrjcleaver)
So has anyone got a good webdav alternative?
User Post (2004-12-19 17:09:56 by tweir)
It is important to note that Microsoft disabled BasicAuth for a good reason. BasicAuth sends the username/password to the server in the clear, i.e. if someone is sniffing packets, they will be able to grab the password.

This is the equivalent of using telnet instead of the more secure ssh.