Accessing shared folders

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

There are several different ways that you can access your shared folders on Windows Home Server 2011 from your home computer that is connected to the home server network:

  • Windows Home Server 2011 Launchpad

  • Start Search

  • Network

  • Remote Access Web site

Windows Home Server 2011 Launchpad

When you install the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector software, a Launchpad shortcut is added to your desktop. Double-click the Launchpad icon and enter your network credentials to access shared folders using the Launchpad. For more information about the Launchpad, see What is the Launchpad?

Remote Web Access

You can access shared files and folders from any remote computer using the Remote Web Access website. From a computer within the home server network, open the Internet browser and type https://<servername>/remote.To learn more about using Remote Web Access, see Use Remote Web Access.


Remote Web Access on the server must be turned on in order to access the Remote Web Access. For information about managing Remote Web Access, see Manage Remote Web Access.

Start Menu

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click Start, and then type \\<servername> in the Start Search text box. Double-click a shared folder in the window to open it.

In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, and then type \\<servername> in the Open text box.


In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click Start, click Network, and then double-click the computer icon next to SERVER. There may be more one than SERVER item in the list. Double-click the icon that displays the name of your server running Windows Home Server 2011.

In Windows XP, click Start, and then click My Network Places. The shared folders that your user account has access to automatically appear.


This does not work if your computer is joined to a Windows domain.

See Also


Share Files and Folders