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Windows Explorer keeps jumping from mapped network drives back to My Documents

Q: Windows Explorer keeps jumping from mapped network drives back to My Documents

I have several domain computers across two locations that have started displaying strange behavior in Windows Explorer. The computers in question are Windows 7 computers that were recently added to the domain. Usrs are now complaining that when
they click on their mapped user drives or their department group drive and try to navigate to a folder or file, the view suddenly bounces back to either the My Documents folder or the My Computer view. The user drives and group network drives
are located on different servers, so I'm pretty sure that the issue is not a server problem.

To solve the problem, the users generally reboot the computer and Windows Explorer will behave fine at least until a later point in the day or the following day when the problem starts all over.
I have checked for IP address and DNS conflicts, but have not seen anything so far.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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I have a couple of users that when they logon, the logon scrip runs, but the shared drives are not displaying.  If they open a program and browse for files, they will see all the mapped drives.  When I try to remap the drives, I get a message that
the drive is already used and ask to remap.  This also make it display when you remap.  There are no error messages in the event log.
Also, if you restart the computer 2 or 3 times, it will display the drives.  IF I logon with the users account on a different Windows 7 Computer, it will display the drives the first time logon.
Computers are windows 7 Pro with all the updates.  Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controllers (2).
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

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I have a Windows 7 Professional 32 bit operating system, which is joined to a domain at my workplace. If i open Eindows Explorer and open a network drive ( I:\ ), then the Windows Explorer open's it, but after a few seconds later, it jumps back to the main page. It is very annoying. I have 11 network drives, but only on two networks drives occurs this problem.

Has anyone met with this problem? Or could some give me a clue, how to fix this?


A:Windows Explorer keeps jumping back from network drive to the main pag

Hi there,

A few at my work have been experiencing this same problem. I'm one of the IT guys and I just rebuilt my machine yesterday with Windows 7 Pro x64. Since the rebuild, I'm experiencing this issue as well. Haven't found a fix yet, but if I do, I'll be sure to post it here.

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I recently set up a new Win7 Pro computer for someone at my work, however, an important drive that is normally automatically mapped by our DC (Windows Server 2012 I believe) isn't mapping correctly.
Normally, our DC maps Name$ onto drive G:, however there isn't even a letter G: in explorer or Net Use in cmd and when I tried to map something to G: it says that something is already mapped there. Related but not as pressing, is the fact that F: is also
gone which I had to manually remap that drive to a different letter. However since an individual's personal drive is mapped automatically by our DC to G:, I'm not sure what to do.
I've tried to map something there via Explorer and net use \\Server\Share and I've tried G: /delete with no luck. I've tried killing and restarting explorer as well as rebooting a myriad of times to no avail. I've tried following the fixes in another thread,
but alas, my bane still looms. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?

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Basically when I map network drives (even just one) the EXPLORER.EXE file browser hangs. Admittedly I usually have at least 4 drives mapped at any given time. And they aren't always connected.

Now that I've removed all network drives and replaced them with "network folders" it opens instantly again.

I see the difference. The network drive link actually shows drive space used/free, not to mention a different context menu. And now it's making sense as to why it's slower.

I'm just wondering if anyone has found a way to get explorer.exe to load instantly with network drives mapped, and have explorer simply update the GUI and list the drives as they are pinged/detected, instead of the entire file explorer hanging?

I frequently access my local drives, and waiting for the network drives to be seen by windows is a pain.

Has anyone found a work-around for this? ... I might have to go back to Explorer++


Delete drive mappings and re-map them.

Who knew it would be that easy...?


It seems there's a bit more to this.

The mapped drives can still cause problems if there is some heavy network traffic going on. It doesn't have to be coming from/going to the mapped drives either. It can be as simple as an internet download going at about 2-4 MBps. At that point (at least for me) the entire computer is lagging (downloading to the local drive). During the download, I happened to think of my original post here and so I removed all the mapped... Read more

A:EXPLORER.EXE hangs when opening & network drives mapped

Seems to me in Vista and later there are always hassles sharing entire drives. I used USB 3.0 docking stations with WD Black internal drives. Sharing the files over the Lan what I ended up doing was making a new folder in the root and dragging all the other folders into it. Then share the folder. It's not always a viable option. But it seems quicker and more reliable when possible to use that technique.

A better answer may be to use a third party file manager that doesn't bog.

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Here is the problem

Running a peer to peer XP network at my sister's church.
8 computers in the workgroup.
Not using a domain , only a workgroup.

New Dell computer was purchased to be used as Bookkeeper Computer.

Church software files were moved from old bookkeeper computer to new one.
All other computers set up as workstations. Software runs and is installed thur mapped network drive.

The problems is that everytime we restart any workstation computers they lose the mapped drive. If you browse the network to access Bookkeeper computer you must give logon name and password to access that computer. After you log on then you can map network drive and use software.

It never work that way before the new Dell computer and always stayed mapped without logon info. I can easily access any other computer on the network with out logging on .

Church Software support says it is a network problem. But what is baffling to me is that you must use church software logon info to access the Bookkeeper computer.

Is this a logon or user account setting problem on the new Dell?

Software support told me that Bookkeeper computer had to be logged on a network administrator. I have it set to logon automatically (go to welcome screen) . I changed it in user account setting to go to windows logon screen but did not seem to help (not using a password)

Any suggestions? Help!!!!

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I have a XP Pro SP2 workstation that runs a login script that maps a few drives.
When I look in my computer or in explorer they do no show up. If I go to disconnect a network drive they are all listed as connected. all shortcut's that use these mapped drives work.
Any ideas

A:Solved: Mapped drives hidden in Windows XP Explorer

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File Server: Windows 2003 Server
Domain Controller: Windows 2003 Server
Client: Windows 8.1 Pro


The client is not a part of the domain which the file server and obviously the domain controller are. The mapped drives are added on the client using DOMAIN\User (along with password).

Every morning when coming into the office, I have to reboot my machin ein order to get my mapped drives back. This is very annoying. The same issue when I log in remotely (using RDP) when working at night. I have to then reboot the machine in order to gain access to my mapped drives.
It seems at random, my mapped drives (residing on the file server) goes away. It has happened once while I was actively working on the client. But daily the above issue occurs.

I'm at a loss to what to try. Most issues I've seen are related to mapped drives disappears when the machine is rebooted, but my issue is reversed, so those fixes I've tried that has been suggested do not apply or work.

Any help in finding a solution to the very annoying problem is greatly welcomed.

Side Note: Windows XP and Windows 7 machine do not have this issue and they add the mapped drives in exactly the same way.

A:Windows 8.1 randomly drops mapped network drives

Who is in charge of the network?

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I’m setting a new laptop for my boss, he will map to several network shares as it boots up. Each share requires a username and password. I mapped these drives, logged in the first time, put in the username and passwords etc with no problems. (we are not on a domain)
We have a DHCP server that gives the IP address to the Laptop.

When I reboot, I get a message from Windows “Could not connect to all Network drives” “Click here to check the status of your network drives”

I see all the mapped drives with little red x’s, clicking on them prompts me to enter a username and password, even though I’ve checked “remember my credentials”

He is going to be pissed if he has to put in his username and password every time he logs on, can you tell me how to fix this?

Is there a “network connection wizard” buried somewhere in Windows 7?

A:Windows 7 laptop connecting to network - mapped drives

Does the laptop windows account have a password ? I recall from somewhere that the windows account must have a password first.

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I have two Windows 7 Ultimate computers and around 10 Windows XP (Home and Professional, SP2 and SP3) computers trying to connect to it. It's just a LAN (no internet access).

I have set all of the password-protected sharing off on the Win 7 systems. I have tried opening up ALL of the permissions and such (since security is not really an issue).

The problem I'm having is this:

When I try to map the network drive, it won't let me merely connect to it. So, I have to click map network drive on the XP computer and hit "login with other credentials" and enter the username/pass for the user account on the Win 7 machine (we'll say Bob for user and Smith for password for the sake of example). It will mount the share (which is actually the C:\ root of the drive) just fine.

The only problem is the moment you restart the Windows XP system, it will lose the connection. My fix for it was to create a .bat file that contained the following:


net use S: /delete

net use S: \\Server1Win7\server1win7 Smith /USER:\Bob /PERSISTENT:YES

net use T: /delete

net use T: \\Server2Win7\server2win7 Smith /USER:\Bob /PERSISTENT:YES

I put it in the Progam Files\Startup folder to run upon boot. For the most part, it seems to work after a fashion. Some of the computers, though, will drop the connection to the two Windows 7 systems and need to be rebooted 1-2 times before they get it back again. Even clicking the .bat file manually will have the same ... Read more

A:Windows 7 dropping conenctions from XP systems with mapped network drives

I am surprised the batch file works at all with spaces in the path. Normally if there are spaces you need to enclose the path in quotation marks.

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I would like to restrict access to network drives by Windows Search.
When i make a search and select 'Computer', the mapped drives are also taken into account, which i do not want.
Note that i know the content is not being indexed, and i double checked that this is not allowed. however, i don't want that a local search ends up looking on the network for files. Is there a way to avoid this ?
On a similar topic, does one know the registry path for the setting "Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files" ? This setting makes searching for system files work (nothing else seems to do the trick) and i would like to set it
as default.
thanks in advance bruno

A:Prevent Windows search from searching network mapped drives

Hi Bruno, I’m afraid it is hard to rewrite the registry for your setting “ jest don't use the index when searching in file folders for system
But you can try to these following steps to prevent searching special type of files (*.dll, *.NLS etc. ):
Start-----Control panel-----Indexing Options-----Advanced-----File Types
Hope it will helpful to you.

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I have yet to get an answer to the issue that I am dealing with so hopefully someone here can send it to me.

I administer a large downtown skyscraper that was networked in a really stupid way. There are 71 customers with Internet access via a Netopia 9100 router to a Cisco 7209. Some of these customers connect to a Windows 2003 server for file server services. To get to this file server their connection will go through this Netopia to the File server's public interface which works just fine.

Quick drawing:

Customers LAN (DHCP from Netopia) ---> Netopia ---> File server or Cisco 7209 ---> Internet

Customers map the drive via \\fileservername\share
Now the issue is when two or more workstations behind the same Netopia map a drive to the file server. Once two or more are mapped the first connection that was initiated is killed. In other words you cannot have concurrent connections to the file server from behind the same Netopia router.

This server used to be a 2000 server but I am not blaming the server in this situation. For testing I connected one customer directly to the file servers second NIC:

Customers switch ----> Second NIC on file server

Once I did this the customer would map the drive like

\\private IP\share

This customer does not have the issue and can connect multiple workstations concurrently to the file server with no drops at all.

So to conclude, customers mapping from behind the same Netopia 9100 cannot keep concurrent connections. ... Read more

A:Mapped network drives, windows 2003 server and Netopia routers

I was wondering if you know how to direct an ip 80 and 21 port to open on a Netopia

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To whomever can help,
I've got a batch file that saves the currently mapped drives to a text file inside "usersettings" folder.
net use >> .\userSettings\%computername%_%username%_map.txt
Goto :HOME
the output of which is something similar to...
<-------contents of %computername%_%username%_map.txt-------------------->
New connections will be remembered.
Status       Local     Remote                    Network

OK         H:      \\------\home_folders\%userid%    Microsoft Windows Network
OK         S:       \\-----\share   Microsoft Windows Network
OK         X:       \\-----\packages      Microsoft Windows Network
OK         Y:        \\-----\upload        Microsoft Windows Network
The command completed successfully.
<-------------End of File!------------------------------------------------------->
..and a script that currently maps the users s: and H: 
net use S: \\---\share /p:Yes
net use H: \\---\home_folders\%UserID% /p:Yes
is there a way to create a .bat that will read from the %computername%_%username%_map.txt file to re-map those drives.
I'd like to use ... Read more

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Weird issue.

I have 5 drives (of 7) on a Win 7 Pro (64) computer mapped on a Win XP (SP3) computer on my home network ... IT connects to ALL 5 ...

YET, that same Win XP computer will NOT access those same 5 drives (on the Win 7 computer) through the network (unmapped) giving the message "\\hostname\X is not accessible" (but WILL connect to the other 2 drives). All 7 drives have the same sharing and security settings ...

Baffled ... any ideas????
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 635 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6141 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 210, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 102398 MB, Free - 7068 MB; D: Total - 1328393 MB, Free - 715423 MB; H: Total - 2861458 MB, Free - 708331 MB; I: Total - 1430792 MB, Free - 177589 MB; J: Total - 2861458 MB, Free - 2689429 MB; K: Total - 305245 MB, Free - 71967 MB; L: Total - 2861458 MB, Free - 734646 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-770T-USB3
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Mapped Drives & Drives on Network

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Hi All

I am on a Work Network at work, windows 7 PC on a windows domain

I have a mapped network drive called \\persr11. Now it is mapped to the drive letter F:. Now the problem is that when I try to access the drive from Windows Explorer(Computer), it says: "F:\ is not accessible. Device is not ready."

However, when I access it from the search bar like this: \\persr11, it goes into the drive, all fine.

How do I remap the network drive to the letter F to access it? Prefereble Command Prompt please. I tried the following command but it did not work, not for F: and not for any other letter:

net use f: /persistent:yes \persr11

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Hi All

I am on a Work Network at work, windows 7 PC on a windows domain

I have a mapped network drive called \\persr11. Now it is mapped to the drive letter F:. Now the problem is that when I try to access the drive from Windows Explorer(Computer), it says: "F:\ is not accessible. Device is not ready."

However, when I access it from the search bar like this: \\persr11, it goes into the drive, all fine.

How do I remap the network drive to the letter F to access it? Prefereble Command Prompt please. I tried the following command but it did not work, not for F: and not for any other letter:

net use f: /persistent:yes \persr11

A:Mapped Network Drive accessible, just not from Windows Explorer

If you go to command prompt, or make a batch file this will work. Make sure right after the \\SERVERNAME\Directory
net use f: \\persr11\DIRECTORY /user:LOGIN_NAME PASSWORD

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I have a client running Win XP. They are on a domain running Server 2008 with a few mapped network drives to their data.

Specifically there is one mapped drive which is the User's data folders with everyday running docs, more specifically running MS Excel '97 and Word '97 (yeah I know...time for an upgrade hey? I know...). My problem with only one of the users is that he is able to open the documents on the mapped drive, specifically with .wbk files (the Word Backups), and even allowed to make changes to the files, and even save it. But as soon as he wants to "save as" the file to give it a different name, then Word crashes, the whole system hangs. Not able to get any other response out of it than opening up Task Manager, but even when I try to run some commands from it or end certain task, itself crashes too.

I have no idea what could be going on. Well, I was informed that the system had a virus on a couple of weeks ago, but I have been given no details thereof as I think the person is trying to hide what damaged he has caused by "fixing" some problems found.

This is what I have done so far:

1.) I have done "sfc /scannow"
2.) Malwarebytes scan (find log attached)
3.) HiJackThis (find log attached)

Please tell me if there's anything more you need.


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On my Win 7 system, I have mapped 4 drives to a XP system using the "net use" command. They are mapped correctly as p,q,s,t on the Windows 7 system. They show up in the "Power Desk" app which is a file manager utility program. The mapped drives work correctly in that program.

However, they don't show up in explorer on the windows 7 system. All other drives are shown, but not the mapped drives. Also, if I bring up the file open dialog box from an app like notepad, they don't show up either.

On another Win 7 system, I can map the drives exactly the same way and they do show up in explorer. It must be a setting that is different on the Win 7 system that does not work.

Any ideas?

A:Can't see mapped drives in explorer


The drives that I originally mapped were mapped with a .bat file containing 4 "net use" statements.
They don't show up in the explorer windows. However, if I map a drive using the windows explorer "map network drive" dialog box, it does show up.

Also, when I bring up the "map network drive" dialog box, all the drive letters that I used in the .bat files show up as available. So that changes the question to:

If I have mapped drive using a .bat file with "net use" commands, how do I get windows to "see" them? They are clearly mapped in the system. I can do a "dir q:" from the command line and see the drive perfectly.

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I just changed my MoBo and then upgraded to Windows XP SP2. Everything is fine except My USB drives and Memory cards in the USB reader do not show up mapped in Explorer. They do show up in Computer Management. I can even assign drive letter there. But they will not show up in Eplorer even after I assign the drive letters.

CD ROM and Hard disks all show up. Sandisk media player shows up too. But not USB drives. I have seen several threads with similar issues.

I have tried the following.

TweakUI, to see if drive letters are missing.
I have asssigned letters to the USB drive and rebooted.
I have checked for any mapped drives to a network device. I have no mapped drives.

Is this a security thing with SP2??
Any other suggestions?

I can copy files back and forth by going through Manage from "My Computer" but not explorer.

Thanks in Advance

A:XP SP2 USB drives not mapped in explorer

By the way,

After I map the drive from "Computer Management" I can access it from the command prompt with dir h: or whatever I map the USB drive as.

It still does not show up in Explorer. I think this is an explorer issue only.

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Ok, I am having a problem. I have a group policy setting that maps my network drives. I have 3 different NAS boxes; NAS1, NAS2, and NAS3. The mapping works great on all my Win 7 computers and for every user.

I have a Win 8 test machine. When I login with my AD account, only two of my mapped drives get mapped through the GPO. My AD account is in the Administrators group on the Win 8 machine. I try gpupdate but that doesn't work. I try "net use" to manually map them. Doesn't work and get a system error.

Ok, I go to the company that made my NAS thinking they don't support Win 8. They point me a Microsoft KB article with some workarounds. I follow the KB article and add the registry key and then restart.

I login again and check out Explorer to check the Network drives. Two more network drives got mapped correctly from GPO. However, I am still missing all my mapped drives from my NAS3 box.

Ok, this with where it gets weird. While logged in with my AD account I open up cmd and type "net use". I get my 4 successfully mapped drives but I'm still missing the other 6 mapped drives from NAS3. I check the event viewer and it said "Group Policy successfully ran". I right click on cmd and run as administrator. Now I type "net use" and BAM! There are all the network drives I am supposed to have mapped.

Why do I need to be elevated as administrator to see all the mapped drives? Is this a Win 8 thing or is it an issue with my NAS3 box?

I have... Read more

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I have setup a wireless network between two computers in my office and have installed some software that will automatically backup folders on each of the two computers.

It works by backing up certain folders on computer 1 to the hard disk on computer 2 and vice versa.

I also have a program installed on both computers that uses the data on computer 1.

To simplify the process of locating the data on my network I have created virtual drives using the Map Network Drives function in Windows. However; if I start up my computer and open these programs - they can not find the drives, I have to open My Computer first and double click on the drives before the programs will read from them. I am guessing that for some reason Windows is not connecting to these drives, even though I have set them to "reconnect at logon".

Is there a way I can force the drives to work automatically at startup? Perhaps using a .BAT file or similar to automate the process of opening/closing the folders at startup so the process of using these programs is more user friendly?

Many thanks for any replies

A:Mapped Network Drives

Anybody at all?

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mapped 2 network drives (reconnect at next logon). now when i start the computer the 2 drives show a red X on the icon. this is because Vista is initializing the drives (telling me 192.168.xxx.xxx is not accessible) BEFORE the network connection is fully up and running (i have tried both static IP and DHCP). i can open the drives once the LAN connection is established and the problem is solved ... but still annoying.

Windows Firewall is running with the default settings.

any suggestions?

A:Mapped Network Drives

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I'm running Server 2003 with a few applications on it that are accessed from two ethernet wired computers and two connecting with remote desktop (running XP and Vista). I want to change the log on p/w to the user account where these apps are running on Server 2003. I tried it last night and then tried to access from one of the ethernet computers and it said it wasn't accessible. I guess these connections are mapped (I didn't set it up).

Do I need to go and delete the connections off of each computer and remap a network drive? Or is there an easier way for me to do this.


A:Mapped network drives and p/w

I'm not quite sure what you mean ...

You changed the program log in password? That should be as simple as changing the log in details on both PC's within the program they are running, right?

It doesn't sound like anything else has changed on the physical network (IP address of server/hostname/etc).

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I have several server drives mapped to my Surface Pro 3 tablet, and from time to time they disappear from Windows Explorer and XYplorer (an Explorer replacement). They are still there and mapped, as Net Use shows them mapped properly. But to get them tho show up in either Explorer or XYplorer, I have to physically remap them (right click: Map Network Drive...) and when I do so they already show up with the proper drive connection but won't appear unless I finish the remapping. XYplorer has a tool to reconnect all network drives, but nothing happens there.

Any ideas where the disconnect is?
Thanks, DaveD

A:Mapped drives not showing up on Explorer

If you use net use from an elevated command prompt (run as Administrator) you'll not see them in explorer.

You need to define them not a normal (non elevated) command prompt.

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I've posted a similar question under Windows Server forum but was advised to post it here instead.  The original topic is:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverNIS/thread/62d29efd-cb08-495f-aedc-c88959ebecde
To summarize the issue, I mapped to a shared folder on our Win2K3 file server with my Win7 workstation. As soon as I open the specific folder using Window Explorer, the network utilization shot up from 0-5% to 30-40%. And if I opened several Window Explorer
to that particular folder,  the network utilization on the file server shot up to 90-100%. 
As far as I know, this issue only happens to ONE shared folder in the entire file server and affects Win7 machine (WinXP isn't affected).
I did a network scan using Windows Network Monitor and below are the sample packets captured and using Process Explorer, I noticed that the source is from 'System'.
826 5:12:34 PM 8/9/2012
21.2155459 System
Edwin'sPC<00> Fileserver01
SMB SMB:C; Transact2, Query Path Info, Query File Basic Info, Pattern = \stemi
{SMB:310, SMBOverTCP:309, TCP:308, IPv4:307}
827 5:12:34 PM 8/9/2012
21.2162204 System
Fileserver01 Edwin'sPC<00>
SMB SMB:R; Transact2, Query Path Info, Query File Basic Info
{SMB:310, SMBOverTCP:309, TCP:308, IPv4:307}
828 5:12:34 PM 8/9/2012
21.2197723 System
Edwin'sPC<00> Fileserver01
SMB SMB:C; Transact2, Query Path Info, Query File Standard Info, Pattern = \stemi
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A:Unusual Network Spike observed when browsing a mapped folder with Windows Explorer


I have did some further research, however, sorry to say that I have not found any other workaround yet.

In addition, please check if NoRemoteChangeNotify is enabled in your Windows XP machine.

Also, please check if the article can help you.

Windows Explorer and SMB Traffic

Hope this helps.

Jeremy Wu
TechNet Community Support

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Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 32 Bit

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise box that when started will only create 2 of 3 mapped network drives. This does not happen every time either, just about 2-3 days of the 5 day work week. 2 of the drives are mapped via a script, while the 1 drive that is the problem child is set through the Properties-->Profile-->Home Folder of the user on our AD box. We have set the drop down letter to H and verified the path. It is correct, as it works some days.

Any ideas what may cause this?

Thank you in advance for your time.


A:1 of 3 Mapped Network Drives not showing up

Quote: Originally Posted by StumblingMyWay

Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 32 Bit

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise box that when started will only create 2 of 3 mapped network drives. This does not happen every time either, just about 2-3 days of the 5 day work week. 2 of the drives are mapped via a script, while the 1 drive that is the problem child is set through the Properties-->Profile-->Home Folder of the user on our AD box. We have set the drop down letter to H and verified the path. It is correct, as it works some days.

Any ideas what may cause this?

Thank you in advance for your time.


Why bother mapping a drive via a script??? What was there some special reason you did it that way? Seems waaaay more difficult that it has to be...

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I have a network that has one Windows 2000 server and twelve workstations. All work stations are running 2000 Pro except one, it's running XP Pro. The problem I'm having is with the XP workstation. You log onto the server fine and connects all of the networked drives. The problem arises when the work station sits idle for more then a couple of hours and you try to access the networked drives it says the connection has been lost and it will not let you access them. The only way to get access to them is to either log off and then back on or just reboot and log back in. With the 2000 Pro work stations their isn't any problems so I know my settings on the server are fine. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

A:Lost mapped network drives

I do not know if you ever got a resolution on this. Here is what I did on the server I work on.
Users (win XP Pro) were being disconnected from server and were not able to connect to the network drives
Server (Win 2000 Server) also was not able to access the network drives, but it was able to access the shared folders (but not as network drives).

I just restarted the server and that restarted the services and users were able to start working again. Yet this is not the solution.

On the server, a RAS (Remote Access Service) had been configured and the server was creating IP Addresses leases to itself, mutiple ip addresses and all to the single server. The way that RAS service was stopped is to just go to services and disable remote serivice, so as not to start again after rebooting the server. It seemed to have worked just fine.

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On serveral machines on our network (Win98 and XP) we just recently began to have problems with mapped network drives disconnecting after a undetermined amount of time. Once these drives are disconnected, the users still have access to the network and needed resources through network neighborhood -but not through the mapped drives. Only when the users reruns the login script or logs off and logs back on does the mapped network drives reconnect. Please, Please help. I need as many suggestions as possible.

A:Mapped network drives disconnect

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I use a current model PC running Windows 7 32 bit.  For the last couple of months one of my network mapped drives (U) to the 2003 Server duplicates itself (V, Z, etc.).  Each day, sometimes several times a day, it replicates itself, I "disconnect"
from the drive(s), but they just reappear the next time I use Windows Explorer, or from any application, choose "open".  I find that no specific event does this, however, I have multiple windows open most of the time, communicate to at least 3 servers many
times throughout the day.   I am also Network Administrator so may have multiple remote desktop sessions with servers and/or users.  Can anyone direct me on how to stop the replication?  Please, and thank you

A:Multiple mapped network drives

You may try the Clean Boot to determine if the 3rd party software cause this issue.
Also, check the OU which the policy applied on and the Task Schedule.
Otherwise, to logon with the local user for a test.Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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I have a problem with mapped network drives disconnecting.
I run Win7 Pro connecting to Win Server 2003. Reboot and the drives are there. After a while a red cross appears against them in Explorer. I can usually see the contents, but running a program that requires those resources fails.
The only way I can reconnect is to reboot, but then the red cross appears again after a while.
I've updated the LAN driver and even tried setting the registry key MaxNonpagedMemoryUsage to 0xFFFFFFFF as recommended in the only comment on the subject I've been able to find.
I'd really appreciate some help here as I don't want to go back to XP!
Thanks to anyone with ideas.......

A:Mapped network drives are lost

I have the same problem although it seems to be limited to one particular server running Windows Server 2003. I have 5 PC's out of 50 that are running Windows 7 professional, all the rest are running XP Pro and all in the same domain. Only the Win 7 pc's have this random problem of the mapped drives and printers (also shared from that server) disconnecting.

I've also tried adding the value to the registery to see if it helps but too soon to tell yet.

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I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 with Update 1. I have drives mapped to my Windows Home Server 2011 and to my Windows 7 desktop PC. But each time I reboot the laptop it drops the mapped drives and I have to try and map them all over again. I say "try" because most times I have to go back to my other PCs and unshare and then reshare the drives for them to be seen again in Windows 8. Then I can map them again but only until the next reboot.

Same goes for the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector software. Windows 8.1 drops the connection after a reboot and the Connector software must be reinstalled EACH TIME to connect with my server.

I have the SAME user name and password on ALL machines. I have tried mapping the drives with just the username and password as well as with the remote PC name\username combo but that doesn't work either. Finally I have set my shared drives/folders to have read/write access to ALL users. Again, no luck unless I unshare and reshare.

A:Why does Win 8.1 keep dropping mapped network drives?

No one knows why 8.x.x does it. There is nothing out of Redmond what is going on. As to why network mapped drives do not reconnect. Doubtful that MS will ever fix it.

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I have problems searching users mapped homedirectorys.
Other madded directorys are OK but the homedirectory on a Windows2003 server doesn´t display the files or folders. Only files inside zipped files.

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I have a medium sized network running. We are currently migrating and updating our shared folder systems. The old system is running Win 2k8 R2 and still has the old mapped drives running what we haven't migrated. The new shared folders are on a new server Win 2012 R2 with a different folder structure and everything. Half the computers in the building run Win 7 Pro and the other half Win 10 Pro. Here is my issue. On every single Win 10 computer every drive maps and can be accessed normally, however the new shared drive DOES NOT map to any Win 7 machine. I created a Hyper V win 7 machine and on my Win 10 machine I have all my folders however when I log into that Win 7 machine only the home drives(located on the new share server) and the old shared drives seem to map. I have switched the Drive Maps to Update Create Replace, I have checked all permissions even though it seems not permission related as I can get to it on any win 10 machine. Any advice?

A:GPO Mapped network Drives mapping in Win 10 but not Win 7

Traced it through logs it appears to be a script failure from GPO saying it cannot find the specified file. Also appears to be giving Access denied when trying to manually map and doesnt map home drives or the shared drive to the win 2k8 server but it does to the win 2k12 server

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I have several network drives. I am on a laptop and whenever I disconnect from my dock (wired connection) it automatically closes any open folders connected to a network drive...

My wireless kicks in a few seconds later, and I have to go through the trouble reopening them all!

Is there a registry setting I can set to prevent this?

One more question:

If I turn the PC on outside of work, it doesn't connect these drives, and thus will prevent them from showing even when I go in and connect to the network. I have to connect them MANUALLY every time.

Is there an easy solution, such as a script I can run from my quick launch that will reconnect all of them?

Seth B

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Hi All

Hope you can help.

I want to know if there is anyway to find out if a network shared drive (showing within 'My Computer') is manually connected/mapped. (btw we are using a AD - GPO & Desktop Authority)

I don't want to disconnect all the drives and then log the user off as i want to see if there is a simpler way to check this.

A:Manually mapped network drives

you could alwasy open a command prompt and try the "net use: command

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Can someone please provide a .bat file that will copy network shares on old computer and another .bat file to map those drives on new computer?

Thank you

A:.bat for migrating mapped network drives?

Quote: Originally Posted by erik2282

Can someone please provide a .bat file that will copy network shares on old computer and another .bat file to map those drives on new computer?

Thank you

Not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, but if you have a set of mapped drives on "old" computer and you want the same mapped drives on "new" computer you can do this by exporting the registry key


Which is where the mapped drive info is stored.

You can copy the exported reg file via USB to the new computer and import it by double clicking the reg file.

However, if you mean that you have a bunch of shares on "old" computer and you want to translate those to the corresponding map drive statements, that's a bit more complex.

Shares are stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Controlset001\Services\LanmanServer

But to create such a bat file, you need also to extract the PC name (because it is required as the first part of the NET USE statement.

If this is the scenario you are looking at how many shares are there to be exported? If only a few, it would be far quicker to just map them on the new computer.

Just my two cents worth


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I'm running a Win2K pro client on a NT network. I have 3 drives mapped to various NT servers. Although i have re-connect at log-on selected, whenever i re-start or re-logon the drives show as disconnected. 95% of the time i just have to browse the disconnected drive and it re-connects but it's a hassle to have to browse the drives first in order to use certain network apps. Suggestions?

A:Win2k mapped network drives

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One of our users has reported that their mapped drives were missing. Our user's mapped drives are all being pushed out by group policy so at first this was not an unusual report.

Upon investigation I seen the drives were in fact missing so I did a gpupdate to refresh the group policies which normally fixes the problem. This time it didn't, my backup plan is normally to manually map the drives needed until we figure why the group policy is not working.

Here is where things get weird:

When I go to map the drives, they are all already mapped. Then I find out from the user that they are all showing up correctly through their applications such as MS Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro. They can also access all of their files normally through each app. But they are not showing up in file explorer when we go to 'this PC'. A reboot normally fixes the problem though the user is starting to get a little annoyed of having to reboot each time.

Anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this?


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I have the problem of a long list of redundant mapped network drives without drive letters, for example, documents, documents~1, documents~2, etc. all with same location...right clicking on the mapped does not present any "disconnect" option. Oh, they do not appear as mapped network drives under "My Computer," but under "Network" and the name of the computer (which is on a wireless network with another computer)...I can go to advanced sharing and stop sharing, but then all folders are unshared including the original...I guess this may be the only way of getting this corrected, but it seems like a long way to do something that should be very simple...If anyone knows a quick better way, I would appreciate knowing of it.

A:mapped network drives without drive letters

Unsharing those is going to be the only way to get that to go away, I'm afraid, and that's something you have to do folder-by-folder.

You aren't in a work-environment, are you? If so those folders may have been intentionally shared by your IT department/employer (just food for thought).

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We have a medium size network with about 60 desktops and 5 servers. Most of the desktops are windows 2000. Any new desktop that we have, we are installing Windows XP Professional.

The main application these desktop are used for is CAD stations. These machines connect to a mapped network drive (the file server) which contains drawing files (sorted by year). When a drawing needs to be updated the draftsman browses the network drive and loads the drawing onto the workstation.

Now to my problem. There is a noticable difference in speed while browsing the network drives between Windows 2000 and windows XP. XP takes longer when searching the network drive than the 2000 machines. And in one rare example when an XP machine access the 1999 folder, half the time it will stop responding and the process will need to be killed. A 2000 machine accessing the same folder is almost instantaneous. Are there some settings in XP that I can change to increase the speed of network browsing?

The XP and 2000 machines are comparable spec's. The file server is Windows 2000 server, and we are on a one domain network. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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I have some wireless Netbooks running XP, that are occasionally not picking up all the mapped network drives that the logon script depicts. The most common being the users save drive.

The logon script works fine upon ethernet between all other computers, so the issue maybe related to the WIRELESS network.

oNet.MapNetworkDrive "driveletter:", "\\servername\drivename" is the command from the logon script.

Side notes-
*Sometimes the drive is there, but nothing inside.
*Had some trouble on our new Win7 computers originally, although no longer. I believe it was a different problem.
*All profiles/user folders have been given full access for the purpose of seeing if it a security issue, has not made a difference.

Any common faults that could be causing this issue?


A:Solved: Mapped Network Drives Issue!


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Some time ago a friend and I set up my home network. We had trouble with the workstations losing access to mapped drives.
He found a fix, he said we needed to turn off something in XP. It worked perfectly. But last week, one of my hard drives crashed and I had to replace it.
I have one computer with Server 2000 and 4 with XP pro. I can access the mapped drives if I reboot or logoff and on again. They just seem to lose connectivity if I they don't have any contact for a few hours.
I've searched the internet for days looking for the solution. I know it's simple, I just can't remember what it is I need to turn off.

A:loose access to mapped drives on network

When you confirgure the mapped drives make sure reconnect at logon is checked.

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I have a user with several network drives mapped to here system. When is on her wireless, she boots up her machine and logs on. As the wireless network connection is being made, a balloon pops up saying that all network drives were reconnected and to check the status in My Computer. When she double-clicks the network drives they do connect automatically. There is one network drive that is involved in a synchronization that does seem to connect once the internet connection is made.

Is there a way to ensure all mapped network drives automatically connect as soon as a network connection is enabled without having to double-click the drive to open it? This happens whether using our wireless connection at the office or connecting to our network through a VPN at home.

As always, thanks!!

A:Mapped Network Drives not connecting at logon

She is running Windows XP Pro

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I have got a fair few network drives mapped in my computer, at the min i need to log in manually when i want to view one of them.

is there a way for it to automatically log me in to them when windows starts?

i am sure i have managed it before but have not got a clue as to how i did it.

thank you


A:Mapped network drives + auto login

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I am having trouble with one of my machines authentication to previously mapped drives over VPN. This is detailed in the following link at microsoft's support site.


Their fix is fairly destructive and my user cannot be recreating their mapped drives every time they switch from VPN to LAN working. Anybody know a workaround?



A:Mapped Network Drives no longer work over VPN


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This is a boot up timing issue, does anyone know the registry fix for network comming up. I am on a wired LAN which works ok. However, recently when booting I am getting the message cannot connect to network drives - these are mapped drives to NAS boxes. However, when I access the drives the 'red X's' change to the network symbol and access is working. Its seems the computer wants to connect before the network is up. It is not a credential issue, but boot order. Is there anyway to make the network come up before the computer wants to map to it. Not a problem but a nag.

A:Connecting to Mapped Network Drives at Boot

Not really it's been a known issue since...windows 95 and MS have never really admitted it's a problem....

you can tell your system to run a simple batch file with a delay of 10 seconds or more (depending on your system boot times) on logon using the scheduler

Logon_Network_Drives.bat (should look something like)
net use Y: \\storage\share /persistent:no
net use Z: \\storage\share /USER:username [password] /persistent:no

Disconnect your network drives before you log off/reboot after setting this batch file up to avoid the error message appearing...

There are more complicated ways to do this using vbscript to avoid the batch file box flashing up as well..

This is copied from windows forums , not sure if it'll work...but says he just put the .vbs script into the startup folder..

' Map network drive script - 10000 = 10 seconds
Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "F:" , "\\server\files"
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "M:" , "\\server\music"
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "P:" , "\\server\Pictures"
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "S:" , "\\server\disks"
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "V:" , "\\server\videos"

and some people swear that by editing the registry it's fixed

"To configure the EnableLinkedConnections registry value, follow these steps:
Click Start , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then pre... Read more

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