SharePoint 2013 Design Manager – Cannot Map Network Drive in Windows Server 2008/2012?

I was trying to map Master Page Gallery as a network drive from Windows Server 2008 R2 but got this error message:
“Network Error: Windows cannot access <URL>. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose. Error code: 0x80070043. The network name cannot be found.

sharepoint 2013 map network drive windows cannot access


This is due to: the “Desktop  Experience” feature not being enabled on Windows Servers by default. To resolve this error, follow these steps:

  1. Open Server Manager in Windows Server 
  2. Click on the “Features” node and then click on the “Add Feature” link.
  3. Select “Desktop Experience” and click Next >> Next >>Install to complete the wizard.
    sharepoint design manager map network drive cannot access

Once rebooted, I could map my SharePoint 2013 master pages gallery to network drive successfully!

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