Thursday, June 18, 2009

Getting SharePoint’s Explorer View in IE8 on Windows Server 2003

If you get this error when viewing a Document Library in SharePoint 2007:

“Please wait while Explorer View is loaded. If Explorer View does not appear, your browser may not support it.”

Most likely your WebClient service is not running on your local machine.  Simply crank it up using the following steps.

  1. Go to START >> RUN
  2. Type services.msc
  3. Locate the WebClient service
  4. Open the Properties


  1. Start up type to Automatic (otherwise on the next boot you will have this issue again)
  2. Click Apply
  3. Click Start
  4. Click OK


Cliff said...

This fix also works for Windows 7 machines. Thanks for the tip!

Anupama said...

After performing the actions in the article i am getting a pop up to enter my credentials and will not go away even after putting password.