Updating XP and Vista to support WebDAV Web Folders from Apache – Patch KB907306

If you are familiar with WebDAV or even Subversion and use Windows XP/Vista, you will appreciate this tidbit of information.

You can browse a WebDAV server in Windows XP and Vista using Windows Explorer. There is a problem though, Windows XP and Vista will try to use NTLM authentication (Active Directory) to authenticate with the server. If you configure your Apache WebDAV server with either no, basic or digest authentication, then you will hit a roadblock. Luckily Microsoft created the KB907306 patch. Unlucky for myself, other websites refer to the patch number missing the last digit ‘6’. This will drive you crazy when you know you should be able to copy/paste the KB number in Google and quickly find the download page on microsoft.com. Other documents will say to search for KB90730. You should be searching for KB907306. You can search for “Software Update for Web Folders“, but you will also get a lot of other search results that are not nearly as helpful. Hopefully this blog post will save some folks the aggravation.

Now that you’re here, there is no need to search! The patch is available from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=17c36612-632e-4c04-9382-987622ed1d64&DisplayLang=en