Since I switched to Vista and IE7.0, I have been unable to use IE to access my FTP sites. This has proven to be extremely annoying as my FTP requirements are pretty simple, yet I have been forced to use full blown FTP tools.

Yesterday I had one of those "Blimey - I never noticed that before!" moments.

Try the following:

  • In IE7 enter an FTP site in the address bar and attempt to open it. No luck. Maybe a username/password challenge, but still no luck. (Nb: this will work for some ftp sites - it is all about how FTP is configured at the site)
  • But don't give up, click on Page,Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer.
  • Hey presto it works.

The fact it all works is good news. The fact that it was this tricky to find is very sad...