Windows 8 - Map a Network Drive

The process of mapping a network drive in Windows 8 is similar to previous versions of Windows.  However, there have been some changes to the interface.  You can map a shared network drive in Windows 8 by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Map Drive 1

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.  In the Start menu, left-click "Computer" under the "Utilities" header.

Step 2

Windows 8 Map Drive 2

In the window that appears, left-click the "Computer" tab near the top left-hand corner.

Step 3

Windows 8 Map Drive 3

In the "Computer" menu, left-click "Map network drive."

Step 4

Windows 8 Map Drive 4

In the "Drive" drop down menu, select an unused drive (in this example, we use the Z drive).  In the "Folder" field, type "\\servername\sharedfolder" without quotes where "servername" is the name of the server you are connecting to, and "sharedfolder" is the name of the shared folder you want to map.  Make sure the "Reconnect at sign-in" check box is checked, and left-click "Finish."  You have successfully mapped a network drive that you can access from Windows Explorer.