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Network connections stopped working; new connections give "Folder you entered does not appear valid" error

    Question

  • I've had my win7 laptop for about 3 weeks now.  I have an older XP machine upstairs.  I created links to several web folders using the info from my old machine, and everything worked fine.

    Today, when I went to open one of my network locations (FTP web hosting), where it normally is under "Computer," there was only a file inside called Target.lnk .  Normally you see the web folder contents. 

    I had 2 network locations like this, and both worked fine a week ago, and now show the above behavior.

    Additionally, if I try to create a new network location, or map a new network drive, I get an error, "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another."

    I know the folder is valid b/c I can navigate to it in my web browsers, and log in with my FTP credentials.

    So, what's going on?  I've read that Win7 has issues with web folders, but both locations worked a week ago!

    Any help would be appreciated.


    -- Mo

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:30 AM

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  • Is this issue only with Webfolders or with network shares on LAN too?

    See if this helps

     

    "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another" error when you use "Add a network connection" to connect to a nested WebDAV subfolder in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2560598

    2468498 Error message when you access a WebDAV resource in Windows Server 2008 R2 or in Windows 7: "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid"
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2468498

    You receive a "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid" error message when you try to create a Network Place shortcut to SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or to Windows SharePoint Services http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888039

     

     


    Sumesh P - Microsoft Online Community Support
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 6:00 PM
  • did this help?

     


    Sumesh P - Microsoft Online Community Support
    Monday, August 29, 2011 6:57 PM
  • Same problem on my system (Win7 Professional 32bit).

    Suddenly the network place link did not work one day to another - it uses ftp protocol. Interestingly I could connect with the same parameters to the ftp server from an other machine. I've deleted the link and tried to create a new one, but I got an error message "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another.".
    The Add Network Place window shows some examples of connection types, but I have to use ftp protocol. I've tried to create a shortcut to ftp.microsoft.com with the same result.
    I've installed the hotfix Fix353462, but it did not solve the problem.

    Sorry Sumesh, it seems yor suggestions are not useful for me.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:19 AM
  • ...?
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:26 AM
  • any luck on this?

     

    Monday, October 17, 2011 10:27 PM
  • I am having the same problem. Windows 7 64 bit wont allow me to Map Network Drives with FTP and giving the error The Folder you entered does not appear to be valid. I have tried entereing ftp://ftp.microsoft.com which works on all my other Windows 7, but not one specific machine. Any ideas?
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:59 AM
  • I have had the same problem as described. I can add a http network connection but not FTP address. It worked fine, but one day appeared the "target.lnk" and I can't add a FTP network place... Please, we need any help, any response what it can be.

     

    Thank you!

    Monday, December 26, 2011 8:09 PM
  • I have had the same problem as described. I can add a http network connection but not FTP address. It worked fine, but one day appeared the "target.lnk" and I can't add a FTP network place... Please, we need any help, any response what it can be.

     

    Thank you!

    Yes please I am having the same issue on just one machine, and I can navigate to my FTP's via web browser but not through folders. This is critical for my business!

     

    Thank you

    Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:11 PM
  • Follow The Link Given Below

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistanetworking/thread/d81d3eaf-397a-4328-9b48-6697152ee6b8 (This post has troubleshooting steps for vista but can be tried in windows 7)
    Friday, December 30, 2011 10:34 AM