I am trying to use FTP in Windows Explorer, but whenever I try to type in an ftp address in the address bar, it opens up an IE window and tries to connect that way. Reasons why I do not wish to use a dedicated FTP browser: 1. Clients that do not have FTP browsers do have Windows Explorer and will be using that when ftp'ing, and I want to be able to troubleshoot if they have any problems. 2. Too troublesome to bother with another program. I like to keep things cleaner. If I need constant access to a particular server, I will set up a local FTP folder for that server. I have googled around and found a setting in Internet Explorer under the advanced browser options called "Enable FTP folder view outside of internet Explorer", but this doesn't do anything. Still worse, at the moment I cannot access ANY ftp sites, as it will open up internet explorer and then it will display a general "cannot connect to server". When I tried to bind the FTP protocol in the file types, it would only allow me to choose either internet explorer or firefox. Nothing else. Any ideas how I can force windows explorer to take my ftp addresses? I know it works on my desktop, but my laptop (running windows 7 home premium) just refuses to let me. EDIT: Additional symptom. I am completely unable to get IE to open ANY ftp site. It just will not connect. Firefox can open the FTP just fine. EDIT 2: Resolved. I needed to do some registry editing. My HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ftp was missing two registry keys; ShellFolder and Source Filter. I copied them over from another computer that had these keys and it started working.