Windows 7 and NFS Client


  • I have Windows 7 Professional 32bit installed.  I am trying to connect to a NFS file share on a Solaris System.  I cant find the NFS Client on my machine.  I went to add windows components and I dont see it there as an option.  I was told by someone that they have 'enterprise' version and the NFS client is there.  So I am thinking that I dont have the right version.  I dont even see enterprise listed in the product comparisions.  Is there actually an enterprise version ?  If so, can professional be upgraded ?  If none of this is true, then how would I go about getting the NFS client up and running ?


    Monday, March 22, 2010 11:36 PM


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  • Hi Dzikiewicz,

    There is an Enterprise version of Windows 7. It's very similar to Ultimate but is based on volume licensing (for businesses).

    My understanding is that you do not need Enterprise (or Ultimate) for NFS shares to work correctly. Have a look at this TechNet thread and pay attention to Paul's response:

    Let me know if that helps!

    Cody C
    Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:53 PM
  • This didnt help much.  Pauls response refers to using the 'raw mount'.   Meaning just use the mount command.  This is not present on my system.  I do have a mountvol command, but I cant seem to get the exported file system mounted.  Ive tried to put nfs://  ....   in a browser, and other things like this might work.  However, nothing actually worked.  It appears that nfs client is just not present.  Maybe I missed something.  Please correct me if I mis understood something.



    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:37 AM
  • Dzikiewicz,

    Since the NFS Client isn't something we usually support here, I'm going to go ahead and move your thread to TechNet's Windows 7 Networking. You'll receive more accurate assistance there.

    In the meantime, here are some links on the subject that may help:

    Troubleshooting Client for NFS
    Understanding the Client for NFS component

    Thanks for using Microsoft Answers!

    Cody C
    Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:38 AM
  • Hi,


    I found a similar question and share with you:


    Dose Windows 7 Support connecting to NFS servers


    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:03 AM
  • Nicholas,

    That link appears to be pointing back to this thread.

    Cody C
    Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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    Sunday, March 28, 2010 6:47 PM
  • Hi,


    Thank you for your kind reminder.


    It should be this one:


    Dose Windows 7 Support connecting to NFS servers


    Meanwhile, I have done some researches; however, I think there should be no workaround on Windows 7 Professional Edition currently. To make it work, you can upgrade the current edition to Enterprise or Ultimate with Windows Anytime Upgrade:


    Windows Anytime Upgrade


    In addition, I would like to share the following with you for your reference:


    NFS and SUA in Windows 7



    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Monday, March 29, 2010 3:42 AM
  • For all of you that are too young to remember, services for VARIOUS networking systems have been part of microsoft's OS's for a VERY long time.

    Cody: I really want to ask if that's the party line on the matter. Microsoft supported a Novell client, and a plethora(sp) of network SERVICES for UNIX. I remember an NFS client being there previously, if I'm not mistaken.

    I don't want to run out and grab some virus laden software to patch this gap.

    Maybe I just haven't gone to all the google hits yet, but man........this is Microsoft's q&a. You can't tell me it's a hard question to answer.

    Lemme make the question easier....

    Does Microsoft offer a native client for NFS, out of the box, with Windows 7  ?

    It's a yes or no question.


    • Proposed as answer by Bob Reese Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:31 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Leon Liu - MSModerator Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:16 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Eoin Ryan Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:18 PM
    Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:34 AM
  • Sorry, clicked the wrong button, I didn't mean to propose that as an answer; it's still early.

    Anyway, the answer is yes, Windows 7 does have a built-in NFS client - as long as you're running Ultimate or Enterprise versions.  For the Home version or Pro the answer would be no.

    Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:34 AM
  • IncredibleStorm,

    To clarify my post above, "NFS Client isn't something we usually support here" is referring to supporting NFS Client within the Microsoft Answers website since Answers is directed towards consumers. This thread was moved to TechNet for it's IT directed community. 

    Any questions concerning NFS would best be handled by Nicholas or Bob as I personally don't have any experience with NFS shares.

    Cody C
    Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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    Monday, September 6, 2010 3:42 AM
  • Has there been any progress on this issue in the 3 years since this thread was started?

    I have Win 7 Pro, and would like to connect to an NFS share.  So far, the only method to achieve this that I've been able to find are three options here, with the best of them being here.

    I'm very disappointed that MS don't have support for NFS systems natively in all versions of Windows 7.  A costly upgrade isn't of interest to me.

    If anyone has found a better workaround, I'd be very grateful for details!


    Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:18 PM