What is WebFldrs MSI?

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What is WebFldrs MSI?
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Webfldrs.msi is a Microsoft Windows installer file used to install a handy, time-saving web-authoring service. This service allows a user to interact with a remote server without needing third-party software, such as an FTP program. It does this using a familiar interface of a Windows folder and an optional, background security component.


The webfldrs.msi installer file is what your computer uses to install and remove the WebDAV service. The need for this installer is more common in Windows environments using older versions of Internet Explorer that did not come with the service installed. Although the installer works as expected going in, many issues can develop when a user tries to uninstall it. The reason is that many newer services from recent Windows updates and Service Packs depend on the WebDAV service to be installed and functional. Attempting to run the uninstall feature of webfldrs.msi can cause a series of errors that you can rectify only through manual adjustments.


Webfldrs.msi is not limited to a single way of functioning. For people more inclined to use a graphic interface or window, simply double-clicking the installer will begin the installation. The installer is smart enough to know if the service is already installed. In this case, double-clicking the installer begins uninstalling the service. For fine-tuned control over the installer, experienced administrators can run the installer from the command prompt.


Although web folders provides support for websites that use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security for transferring information to and from the sever, this feature is not provided through the webfldrs.msi installer. To be able to make use of the security feature, you must update the service with the latest software update.


The webfldrs.msi installer is an older installer that was available for use as early as 2000 in the Windows 2000 product release. Due to its age, you don't typically need it in newer installations of the Windows XP operating system. This is because the WebDAV environment now comes installed and ready to use out of the box. However, should the need arise to remove the service, the installer has that capability.

Expert Insight

Be aware of the state of the operating system on which you intend to run the webfldrs.msi installer. A newer installation of Windows XP with updates already has the service installed, which means if you are not paying attention, you will allow the installer to begin uninstalling the service, potentially causing problems that you could have avoided. Also, portions of the service will not uninstall properly on an older system if the installer is run after Internet Explorer 5 is uninstalled. Always consult your documentation and notes before attempting any changes.

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