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Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

Q: Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

I have windows 7 Ult.
I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping. I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems. I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually. I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help. Is
there a solution to this Microsoft glitch?
David Kirk

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A: Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

This may do it.
Look for a registry entry for the mapping under
Note a mapping to \\Eblaptop\F (for example) will show a registry subkey named as ##Eblaptop#F
If found, delete that key and then log off and back on or reboot and it should be gone.
(As always be careful when editing the registry.)
Please advise how this works out for you. I have done this successfully (in XP and Vista) though in those cases the 'stuck' mapping was not actually connecting.
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I have windows 7 Ult.

I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping. I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems. I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually. I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help. Is there
a solution to this Microsoft glitch?

David Kirk

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I have my work network setup with ALL Windows 7 machines and up until recently I have had no problems mapping network drives. Now, I'm having trouble mapping a network drive but only from a specific computer, my laptop. I have multiple other PC's on my network mapped to the specific drive in question, which is on my PC. I also have 2 other drives on this PC that are shared with all other computers on my network mapped to them. What is weird is that my laptop (the one that I'm having problems with) is able to connect to one of my other shared drives just fine but not the other. One of the drives is an external HD with eSata, which is the one it can connect to. The other 2 drives are internal HD on my computer, those are the 2 drives I cannot connect to because it says I need permission to connect.

The drives are shared with everyone else on my network just fine and I have been through the normal issues, Network Discovery is ON, password protected sharing is OFF, etc. Like I said, all other computers on this network connect to these drives with no problems. We are all in the same workgroup and homegroup.

I'm trying to understand why this one laptop can't connect to 2 specific drives because it says I don't have permission. When trying to map from my PC to the laptop (basically just going the opposite way to test it) I get the same error.

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A:Trouble Mapping Network Drives in Windows 7

I dont have a specific answer, but it sounds like a "Sharing" or "Security" setting is different. What I would try, is, on the machine with the drives I want to share, open the "Properties" control on both drives side by side. Then work through the Sharing and Security settings on the drive that works, and set the drive that does not work just like it.

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Hi there,

This is my situation: I have a virtual machine running, and a network drive which is mapped to that machine.

The problem here is that when I am trying to login on windows, windows is first trying to connect to that mapped network drive - which it cannot because my virtual machine has to start up first. This results in a rather long login-time.

So my question is, is there some (registry) setting which allows me set this connection timeout to 0? Or that it won't automatically reconnect the drive at login?
Of course the setting 'Do not automatically reconnect at login' is too obvious and does not work, because it also removes the whole mapped network drive at system restart - in my situation the drive should be there, just not connected.

Thanks in advance!

A:Timeout mapping network drives at windows login

Why don't you remove the mapped drive. And just create a logon script to run at start up, to re map the drove each time windows boots. That means windows will boot up first . Then it will run the batch file automatically to map the drive.

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We are trialling few Windows tablets in our environment.
Issue is our VB based logon script doesn't map the network drives on Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 Clients, it maps the Printers without any issues.
Same script works fine on Windows 7 clients. If I run the script manually, it maps the drives without any issues on Windows 8.1.
Please help.

A:VB Logon Script not mapping network drives in Windows 8.1 Enterprise tablets

Please you set "Configure Logon Script Delay" value as zero and disable fast startup option to check the result:

In Control Panel, open the Power Options item.Click the Choose what the power buttons do link.Clear the Turn on fast startup (recommended) check box.Click Save Settings.
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I currently have one drive (N) mapped from my company's network: "Main Server\\Work Data\Document\Pictures"

Starting last week, at least a few times per day, I see that there are new drives mapped to "Mainserver\\Work Data" - this folder used to be mapped to my computer, but it was disconnected over a month ago.

The drives are somehow mapping themselves. It start with the Z-drive, then Y, X, W, etc. and keeps on going until I stop it and disconnect all of them (except for N).

After reading the forums, I thought it might occur when a media drive (SD card or phone) was plugged into my computer. So I unplugged everything and it stopped for a few days, but then it started up again yesterday.

Any thoughts?

A:Network drives are mapping themselves

Hey gogrizz,

This very issue came up with a machine on our network a few years back. There was definitely a fix - what it was I can't quite recall right now (I'm at home).

I've made a mental note to check my support logs when I get in tomorrow morning and will be sure to check back in here and if unresolved at that time will definitely run through the fix.

As a starter, does your organisation use any startup scripts that would map the drives? Is it possible someone has configured one wrong?

Also, you presumably do have MS Office software running - how about MS Project? There was a legacy issue with old versions of Windows/Office (maybe as far back as NT?) that caused repeat mappings as a result of previously-indexed locations, recent files and similar. Shortcuts could also play havoc with drive mappings, but unlikely you're running such old OS'.

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I have windows xp pro and im trying to map network drives through my network. I right click my music go to sharing and enable it to share.. Its shown up as a shared folder by the different icon ..

I hop on another pc on my network and its not showing up anywhere, i had this working like a month ago but its not now .. Whats the issue, Could someone maybe tell me what to do step-by step.

Secondly, if someone logs onto my hamachi and simulates the lan can they see my shared network lan folders/files?


A:Network Mapping drives through Lan

Windows networking is a bit slow to update sometimes. Try mapping the network drive manually by right clicking My Computer and selecting "Map network drive"

You can select any drive letter you want that is not already being used.
In the "Folder" field you have 2 options:
1) \\yourcomputer's name\My Music (whatever the name of the folder that you shared is)
2) \\yourcomputer's IP address\My Music

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i am using two computers at home oone with windows vista 32bit and the other with windows 10 64bit both are home versions.
i want to map the drive on my win10 machine to acess my saved files and wanna share from my vista one but when i do it i cannot connect to it because it my windows 10 mahine doesnt have the same user and pass but thats irelevent i guess because no matter what use/pass i use it says this dirve is mapped to another user/pass even though there is only 2 accounts on the pc that i have acess to and have full acess to the shared drive. i have password protection off for the vista machine bcause it would be stupid to have to use a password to print since my printer is shared just fine and I can print from any pc. Everguid I use is just not detailed enough I have tried using different credentials bt they don't work. please help

A:Help with mapping network Drives

follow these steps on windows 10 PC it will be works for you

Open Computer by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Computer in the search box, tapping or clicking Apps, and then tapping or clicking Computer.

In the Menu bar, tap or click Computer, and then tap or click Map network drive.

In the Drive list, tap or click a drive letter.
You can choose any available letter.

In the Folder box, enter the path of the folder or computer, or tap or click Browse to find the folder or computer.
To connect every time you sign in to your computer, select the Reconnect at sign-in check box.

Tap or click Finish.

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I am trying to map a network drive by using a login script through group policy applied to a OU in group policy. it looks as though the client machines are not even trying to run the script according to the logs... i have ran the script manually on the client machines and it maps the drive with no problems. I am using the NET USE command in a .bat file for the script. I am at a loss and im am pretty sure it may be something simple that i am overlooking...

any help would be appreciated!!!


A:Mapping Network Drives through AD/GP

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I've set up a network, out of a few computers over my router. I've also set up file and folder sharing on all the computers.

Two of the computers are Windows XP, the other, is Windows 7.

My Win7 computer, for whatever reason, cannot connect to my XP computers. Both the XP computers can connect to the Win7 computer, and access the files on it, and they can connect to each other, and correctly map the drives. But the Win7 computer cannot connect the other way. The computer shows up on the "Browse" list in the Map Network Drives prompt, yet it cannot connect. I know I'm connecting correctly, because the other XP computers have no problem mapping the drives, and I'm using the same settings. It did work before, but it no longer is working. All 3 computers are in the same workgroup, and they're all connected to the router.

I've tried pinging the computer, and had successful responses.
I've tried connecting Via computer name, and Via local IP address.

I've reset the computers a dozen times, and still no success.

When clicking the computer in the "Browse" window, it immediately tells me that it cannot connect.

Anyone know what problems could be causing this?

A:Mapping network drives

What version of Windows 7 is it?

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I'm having a mapping problem. I have a Windows 2003 server in the workgroup group. My Windows 7 PC is in a domain. I'd like to share files between the domain and workgroup. Most of the time i can't see the Windows 2003 server. When I am able to, it asks for a username and password. I put it in but it says it's invalid. How can I get a PC in a domain to talk to the Server in the workgroup group?

A:Mapping network drives

Welcome to Seven Forums!

A PC can't be a member of a Domain and a Workgroup a the same time. They're mutually exclusive.

You should however be able to manually map a drive from the W7 PC. You'll need to use the fully qualified name (FQN)of the share on the server.

One thing you'll need to so is make sure the W7 machine has Network Discovery enabled. Also take a look at Password Protected Sharing, you may need to disable that.

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I know I'm missing something obvious but I can't see is.

I have two computers one with XP and the other with Vista that are using a comment wireless network for my home. Since these are home machines they were configured without a password for logon.

I have set up what directories I want share on each machine.

When I map from the VISTA machine to the XP machine it works as it should - great! When I try to map from the XP machine to the VISTA machine it wants an ID/password. I can't get pass this.

Is there a default set - I've tried admin/admin with no luck. If I have to set an ID/pass how is it done and on what maching.

Many thanks

A:Mapping Network drives

Is this Vista Home version? If it is anything like Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate versions, you created a password for the default account named Administrator when Vista was first installed/used. Use that, or create one for the Vista account whose folder you are attempting to map.

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we have a shared network folder that all users have access to. for the sake of an example, say the map is F: \\server\apps

well i have another folder in \\server\apps\privatedata in which i have the security settings set so only administrators and myself can access this folder

my question is, how do i access this privatedata folder from another computer that is logged on under an account other than administrator and myself. i tried mapping the folder directly, and ran it as an administrator, but xp complained that it was already mapped using a different user name and password (because all client pc's have F: \\server\apps mapped by default) and wants me to disconnect the F: drive before I map my privatedata folder. any ideas?

A:Mapping Network Drives

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I will attempt to give all the information here that I feel is relevant.

After a recent virus attack, on our server, the system was cleaned. The virus attack cause us to lose the majority of .exe files attached to a certain program amoung others. The software vendor went in and replaced those .exe files and repaired their software. Some of the .exe files were named incorrectly to coincide with what we previously had. Fixed those, but now whenever we click on a certain exe file that was repaired, it causes a new mapped network drive to appear. It is a copy of the network drive that the original file is located in. And it will begin at drive letter Z, and move backwards creating one for every time that file is accessed. It happens on any client computer that accesses that file.

Any ideas? Obviously I feel it has to do with something within the software that the vendor repaired, but has anyone else run across this? I do not feel there are any more viruses on the system as it has been scanned with several top scanners frequently used on this site to clean infected computers with zero viruses located.

A:Network Drives Mapping themselves

Why not simply uninstall and reinstall the software that appears to be the problem?

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I've been having a problem ever since i reinstalled xp onto one of my desktops. I cannot map drives. I set up a user account and give it all the permissions i want, and when i try to map the c$ drive it does not recognize the user. When i try to log in, i enter the login information and enter. The login window disappears for a second and comes back up but this time with "guest" autofilled as the user. What's going on? Can anyone help me out?

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I have a number of computers using Windows 7 which share network drives. Some have application shortcuts that are using mapped drives.

When the computers are booted, some do not remap the drives - an 'x' is next to the drive letter if you click on 'Computer'. This is a problem for those who are using shortcuts to start their mapped programs, since the mapping is not active.

Is there a way to insure that the mapping is activated upon start up?

A:mapping network drives upon startup

Instead of using the setting in Explorer to remap the drives on startup you can use a .cmd batch file with a delay. Here's an example of one with a 20 second delay. The number is in milliseconds. For a 10 second delay change 20000 to 10000 etc.. This gives the network time to connect before trying to map the drives.

( In a command prompt type: net use /help for switches )

ping -n 1 -w 20000 > nul
net use x: \\host\shaer
net use y: \\host\share
Edit: put a shortcut to the cmd batch file (MapDrives.cmd or whatever) in the startup folder for each machine.

Edit: the address is guaranteed not to exist. This forces the ping to wait until the set time-out(the -w switch)

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we have two different networks connected via routers. I need to map the the shared folders of one network in another network. so toatlly different networks. is it correct way to use net use command for this. is net use command uses cifs internally?
is cifs has any restrictions over the internet and routers?
if not please let me know the correct way to map the remote network drives locally.

please reply me soon.

thanking you

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If a company is using novell, Am i correct in assuming that novell has to be loaded onto the machine in order to map the network drives from an existing network to a new machine in order to add it to the network. The network already sees the computer. However when I go to map network drives it cannot find them, so i figure that i need to install novell first. Is that correct. Because novell does have the options to map network drives.

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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 a question about mapping network drives. When I map a shared folder as a network drive on the computer, I see the drive under "Computer", but it doesn't show on any other computer on the network. The folder is still accessible anywhere on the network, it just doesn't show as a drive on any other computer.

My question is if this is the way it supposed to be? Should I map the folder on every computer on the network or is it supposed to show on the entire network as a Network Drive automatically?


A:Question about Mapping Network Drives

If you want a drive to be accessible under "My Computer", it needs to be mapped on every PC for every user that needs to access it. I'm curious as to what you're trying to accomplish here specifically. This question seems to be worded in such a way that there's something else or something bigger that you're actually curious about.

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Hi everyone

I have a customer who is having ADSL at the office for their whole network to use it will have a static IP. I was going to use a Netgear DG9814 router for this with the built in ADSL modem but they want to be able to acess the office network from home through a blueyonder broardband connection through the internet. I was thinking of VPN, they have to be able to map the office drives for the software they are using to work.
Netgear have told me that the router doesent support remote connections with the firmware that comes loaded as standard, I will have to have the beta firmeware put on when I order the router, this makes me think that I will have trouble getting support for it running the beta software.

Can anyone give me any advise for setting this up, am I on the right track? Maybe a different router that already supports remote connections etc. all the pc's are running ME. What are the security issues?

Any help would be great, thanks


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Hi Guys, im new to the forum so be gentle - this wont be a 1 post and leave either

So whats happening is im replacing a staff members computer , she has windows xp and has 4 network drives mapped, ive built her a new machine and have installed windows xp on it, and connect it up using the same network cables, how ever when i go to map the drive i get "The network path \\Fileserver1\SCHEDDAT could not be found" , yet when i re-hook up her old system and boot it up it all connect fine....so in a nut shell why does the old one connect fine , but the new build cant access the drives? i have disabled the firewall also....thanks in advance for any help offered.


A:Problem mapping network drives

Ok so some progress on this, if i share a drive on a local computer plugged into the same router or switch then map to it, i can connect no problems, how ever connecting to the 2 servers seems to be the issue, oddly enough also even when using the EXACT same cables that the other computer that connect fine uses, it still wont connect.

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I'm using XBMC on an HTPC, that connects to a server hosting all the media files.

Both machines run 7 and I'd love to use Libraries to aggregate movies, TV shows, music, pictures, etc. coming from different folders. Unfortunately, from within XBMC libraries are unreachable.

I thought about mapping them to a network drive, but the actual libraries seem to be a *file* and not a *place* (you can check them by creating a shortcut to a library and looking at its properties).

Anything I've missed?

A:Mapping Libraries to Network Drives. Possible?

Welcome to the forum. Yes you missed quite a bit. Notice the part in bold letters below.

So what is a library?
In many ways, a Library is similar to a folder. As we mentioned before, when users open a Library, they can see one or more files or folders. However, unlike a folder, a Library can display files that are stored in several folders at the same time. This is a subtle, but important, difference. Libraries don't actually store items. They monitor folders that contain a user’s items, and provide a single access point and rich view pivots (by file Type, date or author) of this aggregated content. Libraries promote a user’s data and let the file system fade into the background.

Read more here.
Understanding Windows 7 Libraries - Windows 7 for Developers - The Windows Blog

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Greeting techguy people. I seem to run across an issue where I need to map network drives after a user has logged on. What we need to is let all the users log in with a generic account(one account for 30 users) but somehow map a network drive to that specific user and when the next person logs in the user should use the same generic account but map to their own network drive without seeing the previous persons drive. Does anyone know of a solution that will allow it to work this way?

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Is it true that if you map a network drive (or several) on a p2p network that this will slow down your computer or others on the network?

A:Mapping network drives = slower computer?

Shouldn't be that big of a load on them unless you are transferring super large gigabyte files.

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Recently at work, all of our PC's having been getting a "Disconnected Network Drive" notification. When you open My Computer, it shows drives that are not even mapped as disconnected, using every letter in the alphabet. Usually when you open My Computer, we have two mapped drives (H & Y). Y is mapped to the users home folder and H is mapped to all users home folders. These are mapped (I assume) though a login.bat file that is used on our network. We are running Windows Small Business Server 2003 in a domain environment. All workstations are running Windows XP SP2 and are up to date with patches, etc...

I read the following article on Microsoft's web site and was wondering if this is a good fix.

I am trying to avoid calling our Network Advisors for this issue. Can anyone tell me if they have experienced this before and if so, how it was resolved.

Thank you in advance for any guidance that can be provided.

Feral Geek

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I have a problem with 'disconected network drives' As we boot each computer every day the first one can't see the last one. The last one can see all the others. If I run 'net use' it says these drives are unavaliable.
If I go to 'my computer and click on the drives all is ok. My question is -What command can I use in a batch file to find these drives?
What command is run when you click on a network drive in 'My computer'?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Geoff L

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How do I map drives to network shares using win95 and what accounts password do I use when asked for one?


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Lenovo P1 (20ME) running Windows 10 1803 does not connect to mapped network drives on log on.  After  log on, mapped network drives show as not connected (red x) but when selected, will connect.  Issue does not occur when ethernet cable is connected directly to the laptop.  This is causing an issue for users running automated programs. 

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Guys & Gals,

Had this happen before on a workstation....only THAT workstation had the issue. I did a makeshift solution to get her up & running (took network cable from nearby unused workstation, and changed IP settings temporarily). Eventually, I restored everything back to normal and things were ok. I never figured out what the problem really was....just sorta went away.

Now, I have the problem on MY computer. Everybody else seems to be able to access the network fine, and since I'm typing this message and receiving emails, Internet access is fine.

This means that my hardware connections are fine (no reason it shouldn't be). Why can I not reconnect, and what will it take for me to get back on? I removed the drives off the listing and tried to remap them again, but I can't get access to the network in that direction either...

I have access to administrator login/pass, so anything you want to know, we can do. Hopefully it's as simple as I think it is.


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At startup, I got
Could not reconnect all network drives
There is a red X next to MEMQRYCARD (\\EPSOM5F09AO fZ

A:I can't print because network drives disconnected.

I re-installed the drivers and can print now. I would still like to rid the X in my Computer and also notice that drive K won't appear for my memory card. I remember working on this before and I forgot exactly what to do. I went to Computer > Tools > Map Network Drive, at the Drive dropdown menu I select drive Z for my printer. Now what do I do?

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I have 2 business laptops, one has XP, and my new one uses Vista Business. I am able to map a network drive on my XP machine, however when I try to do the same on the Vista laptop, it brings up a box that says "Select Certificate." This box is empty so there is nothing for me to select.

I cannot figure out how mapping drives (to a 2k3 server) would require a certificate on the Vista box. I tried using the straight IP address instead of using the DNS name, but I recieve the same result. I have searched the Web and haven't found any insight on this problem. If anyone has any ideas, that would be very helpful. Thank you!

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I am administrating a domain using NT 4.0, and would like to create a universal script that will map a given directory to a user upon log in. As of right now, I have the following in a batch file to do the job:

net use z: \\home\%username%

This works great from the NT desktop..however, it appears that the %username% variable does not work in Win 9X. Neither does the /home switch in the NET command.

So far, the only thing I can think of is customized batch files for every user; something I would prefer not to do...any other options???


A:{Advice Offered} - Mapping Network Drives with Win9X client


Um... why are you connecting the drive in a script? Use User Manager for Domains, and edit each person's account to connect the Z drive to their server home drive. Then, (on the Win9x machines) physically connect the drive, and then log off. This should save the setting, and the user will always connect to the correct home drive.

Of course, the M$ answer (and for once, I agree with them) is to upgrade all workstations to NT. NT was designed to be a corporate workstation, easily configured from a server... Windows 95 was supposed to be used as a home OS, easily configured from the desktop.
Another thing you can try, is go to a Win95 machine that a user has logged onto, open up a command prompt and type in:


This will give you a list of all the enviroment variables in memory. If one of them resembles the User Name, then you can edit your bat file like so:

(Assuming that there is a variable called USER that is the same as the NT %USERNAME%)

if OS==Windows NT goto connect


net use z: \\home\%username%

What this does, is only change the USERNAME variable on systems other then NT, because if an NT machine executes the bat file, the OS variable WILL equal "Windows NT" and the set line will be skipped over.

Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

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Dear all

I have a problem regarding shared network drives and speed. I did some searching on-line but couldn't find what I was looking for.

I have a copy of Windows 7 set up as a guest on my Mac running Snow Leopard. This is run using VirtualBox. To connect to my Mac partition of my internal drive and my external drives, all of which are HSF+ formatted, I have set up a host only adaptor in Windows 7. I have set my drives to share in Snow Leopard. Both Snow Leopard and Windows 7 have the same user name and passwords. I do not always have my external hard drives connected and when they are not connected Windows 7 shows them as disconnected.

The problem I'm having is that I'm finding the opening and copying of files from my Mac partition within Windows Explorer or within programmes on Windows 7, as very slow when I have some drives disconnected. I believe there may be an issue with Windows 7 and having mapped drives that are disconnected. I am wondering if Windows 7 keeps trying to access them every time I try to open a file. I ran an EXIFTOOL batch file from Windows Explorer and it took a while do simple tasks. The same tasks were much quicker when I ran the same batch file from an opened command prompt.

Am I correct in thinking the problem is Windows related and if so, is there anything I can do about. I don't wish to un-map the drives because I'll only have to remap them every time I go to use them. However being a laptop, my computer is not always co... Read more

A:Slow accessing network drives when some others are disconnected

What is the speed of your network?

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I configured my surface pro for AD last week and have been quite impressed thus far. DNS is working great, RDP to any machine by name and exchange is working flawlessly on office 2013. The one problem I'm running into is mapping network drives.
Perhaps there's a simple difference on Windows 8 / SP that I'm not aware of but navigating to \\AnyServer\folder is not working. I can resolve these hostnames with no trouble but the same problem exists when attempting to access via IPv4. 

Network Error

Windows cannot access \\server-blah\blah

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: 0x80004005

Unspecified error

Adding to this, the problem is not across the board. I'm able to map actual windows boxes, such as:

The main server I'm trying to access is a NetAp - perhaps there is a compatibility issue between the two. 

This cannot be a network problem. No restrictions are on any of the machines I'm attempting to connect and L3 is working as intended. Anyone have an idea on what's holding me back? 

Thanks in advance! 

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I have a problem with mapped network drives in my organization. About a week ago our helpdesk started reporting calls from users saying their mapped drives said they were disconnected. At that time it was only a few people at another site that were experiencing this. This week we've been seeing it happening at all sites. The strange thing is sometimes the drive will be marked as disconnected, but upon clicking it, it opens up. Other times it says access is denied. A temporary fix we've been using is to delete all local profiles on the machines that have been experiencing this. I'm wondering if this is an issue with the user profiles that's somehow preventing the drives from mapping or if it's an issue with the permissions. I'm reluctant to think it's a permission issue since prior to a week ago all drives were mapping normally. All machines are running xp pro. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Mapped network drives randomly disconnecting

I'd check offline files and make sure that it and "offline synchronization" are disabled.

I've experienced this as well, and so far my best guess has been with the offline files feature.

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Is there a way to hide drive letters or otherwise prevent users from disconnecting maped network drives?

I have a network drive mapped to Z:/ and have applications relying on reading and writing data from this server location. I'm looking to either prevent users from disconnecting this mapped drive, or make the drive letter hidden everywhere in XP.

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First off, let me tell you thank you for taking time to read my post. I am fairly frustrated at my issue and I am hoping someone here will have an idea as to what may be going on.

Here are specs:
Laptop: HP Pavilion dv6 that runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Desktop: Dell Windows XP Home SP 3 32-bit
Router: Belkin Wireless N+

When I purchased my laptop last Christmas and set up my home network for the first time, I had some issues mapping folders from my desktop to the laptop. I was finally able to get it work. iI was never able to map folders from the laptop to the desktop, but since that was not very important, I didn't sweat it.

A couple of months ago, my router stopped working and was replaced by Belkin with the same model. Since then I have been trying to map some folders on my desktop to the laptop, without any success.

I have verified that file sharing is enabled on Windows XP and that the folders that I want to share also are enabled to be shared out. I read somewhere online that the user account and password needed to be the same on both machines, so I made sure that was the case. I will state that I only have one user account on the desktop, while there are two on the laptop. I have made sure that the workgroup for both computers is the same. I have gone through advanced network settings on the Windows 7 machine to make sure that file sharing was enabled on it. I have turned off Windows firewall on both machines as well as the firewall on the router. If I pi... Read more

A:Mapping Drives in Windows 7

You shouldn't even need to map those drives although the permissions settings may need some adjustments. Sometimes you need to add "Everyone" to the "shared with" list.

You also need to make sure you enabled file sharing in both of the advanced network settings windows "there are two of these windows" one for Home-Work network and the other one is for public file sharing. You need to make sure that file sharing is enabled on both of those windows.

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Hi all,
My workplace has 2 locations. One is under windows server that windows 7 computer needs to join domain. One is standalone desktop that I need to setup network folder (read/write for everyone) in order to use the Scan to PC function from printer. I do not
need such function from domain one because we have another printer system to take care this. The subnet of two locations are different.
When I move a computer (change back from domain to workgroup) to that standalone computer place. The network sharing folder of that computer will not be working (I can access it on local computer with etc, but I cannot even access it from
another computer). Every time I have to do a clean installation of computer again in order to make the share folder work again. Any advice on that? Thanks.
Best Regards,

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Here is the situation, and i've repeated it on more than one machine:

Windows 7 Prof 32 bit, with Office 2003 SP3 on a Dell laptop. Everything works fine when on the network and connected. If the user takes the laptop offsite without shutting it down first and still has mapped drives when he tries to save a document the drop down menu will hang any Office app.

To explain a bit more... in the Save As dialog box, the drop down menu to change locations it was freezes it up. After about 30 seconds or so the menu will finally appear and the application will be happy again. The user doesn't have that kind of patience though.

This isn't a new issue, I've found its due to the mapped network drives being unreachable. I do not have this problem in XP, only Windows 7. This is very annoying to the user. Short of removing the mapped drives with a script that the users has to run when they leave the office what can I do? I've looked around the web a lot and can't find much more than "disconnect the mapped drives" and I dont think of that as a solution so much as a work around. The user is the CEO of the company I work for and he often uses his laptop at home, then gets in the car and uses it on his way to the office (obviously he isn't driving himself) and then gets into the office and wants his drives to just magically work.

Also, trying to change how he uses the laptop won't work either. This is not a tech savvy user. This user also resist chan... Read more

A:Office 2003 on Windows 7 - disconnected mapped drives

I feel for you - that being said, I would probably look into an offline folder syncronization solution.
You can trick these people into thinking they're saving to the network, but they will simply be saving to an offline folder that will sync with said network folders.

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
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I have recently set up an OpenVPN connection from home to university, which works great. I have it configured so computers behind my VPN client can access the VPN - currently only an Xbox 360. The setup is:

Router at home:
External IP:
Internal IP:

VPN Server at home:
Internal IP:

VPN Client at university:
Internal IP:

VPN Client separate NIC:
Internal IP:

Xbox 360 at university:
Internal IP: (has access via VPN)

This all works well and I can play online with my Xbox, however it is not perfect as I need to forward some ports to the Xbox; UDP88, UDP/TCP3074. I have set up my router at home to forward to the VPN server After that, I have used netsh to do what I think is a correct forwarding:

At home: to (Router to VPN Server) to (VPN Server to VPN Client)

At uni: to (VPN Client to Xbox 360)

This, however, doesn't appear to have worked and I'm not sure how to debug to see where my problem lies. My netsh dumps are as follows:

Home VPN Server:


# ----------------------------------
# NAT configuration
# ----------------------------------
pushd routing ip nat
set global tcptimeoutmins=1440 udptimeoutmins=1 loglevel=ERROR

#NAT Configuration For Interface Internal
add interface name="Internal" mode=PRIVATE

#NAT Config... Read more

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I understand that i can not access a PC with WIN 8.1 with remote desktop only Win 8.1 Pro.

However i'm trying to map a network folder on this Win8.1 PC but i can not see any file or folder in the connection.
i've tried to map other PC in the same network but with Win10 and it works.
How can access the files in this PC remotely?

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I have a Windows 10 Pro installed on a Vaio Z Canvas laptop and as the only user I do not use a password to login each time I turn it on. I have a Wireless and Ethernet network installed so that I can share files, printers etc. and do not use public folders on any of the devices.

From the Vaio Z I can access any and all devices attached to the network without any issues, however I cannot access files and folders on the Vaio Z from any other device. When I try to, the Vaio Z requires an ID which I have, and a password which I do not have or use. I can map to and access any device from any other device except mapping to the Vaio Z.

I assume that if I create a password for my user ID on the Vaio Z I should be able to access it from my other networked devices once it is mapped. If this is the case is it safe for me to assume that I can turn off (disable) the password so that it is not required when starting up the Vaio Z. None of my devices require passwords on startup.

Any advice or suggestions will be most welcome.

Peter B.

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Hello -

Okay. Here is the scoop. I work in a small office where we have 1 desktop running Windows 7 64 bit connected by a LAN line to the wireless router, which is our "network drive". We have 1 laptop running 64 bit Vista, 1 laptop running 64 bit Windows 7, and 1 laptop running 32 bit Windows 7.

6 months ago, I loaded all of our shared files to the "public documents" folder on the 64bit Desktop, and was able to get all the laptops to access these folders, as well as to map this folder as our "network drive".

However, something happened about 2 weeks ago when we did some windows updates on our Desktop, and now none of us can re-connect / sync with the network drive. the message we get is:

\\RC-PC is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. A device attached to the system is not functioning.

Oddly enough, however, we can access the folder through the home-group. Just can't seem map the location any longer.

Any ideas?

A:Trouble Mapping Network Drive Windows 7

Your best bet is to try and remove the offending update.
Remove an update

I should also mention that because you seem to have a mixed Op system network you should leave the Homegroup from all the Windows 7 machines and set up a Workgroup instead.

Home groups isn't really made to work in a mixed Op system network at all.

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Hi all,
Just got a Lacie ethernet disk for xmas. I have been setting it up on my laptop which has XP Pro which all works fine. Its just connects directly to my Belkin router and has given itself an IP of Ive mapped the drive into the "My Computer" area and can access all the data from there. The Network path I used which worked instantly was \\\lacie_share.

Im having a nightmare doing the same thing on the desktop in the house which has XP Home. When I try to mapp the drive it just says network path was not found. I know I am entering the correct path as Ive already checked this over and over again because I just cant understand why it isn't working. The PC is connected to the router and I can ping the both the router and the ethernet disk. (Plus I wouldnt be able to access the internet if it wasn't which i can)

Is it not possible to mapp network drives on Home edition?? Then again, if it wasn't possible then why would the option even be there at all?? I must be missing something....Can anyone help me??

Kind regards

A:Help Mapping A Network Drive In Windows XP Home Edition

I am not sure, but maybe you need to have Windows XP Pro installed. As for why it's there if it doesn't work in home edition? That's Microsoft for ya. maybe they're trying to entice you to upgrade to Pro.

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I'm trying to map a network drive on Windows Vista that is on a computer running Windows 98. On our network we are running 4 computers that have XP on them, 1 with Windows 98 and one with Windows NT. The Vista computer connects to the computers with XP on them just fine. However when I go to connect to the 98 computer it asks for the login. I input the login i used when I mapped out the network drive on the XP computers and it wouldn't accept the login. It changed it to "Vistacomputername/login" I even tried "NTcomputername/login" and that didn't work either. The IP addresses are correct in the naming and the Vista computer is on the same workgroup. I have had no problem networking the computers together and mapping the network drive until the Vista computer wouldn't accept the login info. Any ideas?

A:Networking Windows Vista to Windows 98 And Mapping a Network Drive

This issue has been a sore spot on putting this new computer into the network. The computer connects to the internet just not the Win 98 computer. Which has me puzzled as to what could possibly be going on. I have read another post about sharing folders between Win 98 and Vista and have tried the outlined instructions to no avail. Has anyone delt with mapping a network drive from a Win 98 computer to Vista? Or could someone help point me in the right direction?

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