Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer in SharePoint

In this SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss how to resolve the error “Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer” which comes in SharePoint 2010.

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer in SharePoint 2010

Error message:
“Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer” when you try to “Open with Explorer” on a SharePoint document library.

Troubleshooting:

  • Tried to open in Windows XP. Works fine.
  • Tried to open in Windows Server 2003, gives an error message.
  • Tried to open in Windows Server 2008, gives above error message.
  • Removed the ‘s’ from the http protocol.
  • Supplied the correct username and password.
  • Started the ‘WebClient’ service and installed desktop support experience as a feature in Windows Server 2008. Still, doesn’t work.

Resolution:

Add https://*.sharepoint.com to Local intranet site

To configure Web browser, open the “Internet Options” menu, navigate to the “Security Tab”, and add https://*.sharepoint.com to Local intranet site.

Steps Featuring article:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/asiasupp/archive/2011/06/13/error-message-quot-your-client-does-not-support-opening-this-list-with-windows-explorer-quot-when-you-try-to-quot-open-with-explorer-quot-on-a-sharepoint-document-library-in-office-365-site.aspx

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer error in SharePoint

The full error messages come as: Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer.

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer

The explorer view uses the WebDav protocol to connect to SharePoint from the client. As Windows Server is not designed to be a client, the WebDav client is not installed or enabled by default.

In order to enable the WebDav client on a server, we need to enable the Desktop Experience feature.

To install Desktop Experience using Server Manager:

Click Start, point to Administrative Tools and click Server Manager.

In the Features Summary section, click Add features, then Select the Desktop Experience checkbox, and then click Next. And then click on Install.

Now try to open the list using explorer view. The error “your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer” should not come.

Applied to:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • SharePoint Server 2010.

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