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Office 2003 on Windows 7 - disconnected mapped drives

Q: Office 2003 on Windows 7 - disconnected mapped drives

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 change (obviously, still using Office 2003).

Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks for everyone's help.

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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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my server is a nt4.0 server and i have 35 clients.
on 1 client (win2k professional) the connections with remote drives are suddenly disconnected (this
happens over 20 times a day) with the result that the program needing a file on the p: drive says :
p:\...\....\file was not found.
Restarting the program and everything is fine again.
I reinstalled the workstation, i replaced the network card and the cabling and still have the same problem,
can anyone help me please ?

A:disconnected mapped drives

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Hi All,

Had a user compain about his mapped network drives showing up as disconnected every now and then when working on a slow link, although when he clicks on them he can still access it and after it appears as connected again.

Is there any way to stop this from happening?



A:Mapped Drives Keep Appearing as Disconnected

this is just part of Windows, it can be caused by a few things and happens to me on a regular basis but i just live with it.

if the computer tries to connect to the network before it has fully established a network connection then the computer will see it as disconnected as it has not been anle to connect fully, when the user clicks that network drive it sees that there is a connection and opens the drive.

its not something to really worry about,

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This is a shot in the dark because I am at a loss.  On our workstations, Windows 7/8.1, we are seeing a problem where mapped drives show a red X, but you can still browse them.  Normally, opening a drive will force it to show in a connected state. 
However, they have all stayed showing disconnected.  The drives are mapped via Group Policy, and we have never seen this issue in the past.  Has anyone else ever seen this or found a way to resolve it?

Best, Jacob I'm a PC.

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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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I am currently trying to find a way to map network drives with a log on script. I have searched the net a bit and haven't had too much luck in finding specifically what i need.

Here is the scenario:

I have remote clients that connect through a VPN to our corporate office for AD authentication and other AD services. I have setup home directories for each user, but i need a public share that all the users of the remote office can see. (my main problem is that they all dont know how to use computers so i need to make it as painfully obvious as i can *mapped drives).

I am looking for a way to create two mapped network drives, one for their individual home folder, and one community folder. I haven't had a problem creating the home folder (that is easy with 2k3), but i can't get my log on script to work properly.

Here are my questions:

1. Can i run a log on script and a home folder assignment at the same time? Or do i need to setup the script to create the mapped drive for both folders?

2. I have found a few places to link a user to a log on script (either by browsing the user in Users and Computers, under the Profile tab by the Home Folder) or with a GPO. Which is the preferred/best/efficient way to do it?

3. I can't even get my log on script to map a drive on a test account... what am i doing wrong? I have included my script code on the bottom of this post.

4. Does anyone know of a good site that can help get me through this? Or any other relevant i... Read more

A:Log On Script for mapped network drives in 2003 server

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Continuing on from this thread, I still haven't had success keeping mapped drives alive upon reboot.

To refresh, the network setup is as followed:

1x Windows Server 2003 (with domain but is not active on Workstations)
5x Windows XP Home Workstations
1x Windows Vista Home x64 Workstation

I have mapped drives from each of the desktops to a folder on the server. Every time a PC Workstation is shut off then turned on, the mapped drives appear as they were mapped but have disconnected from the server. I have to go to each PC and manually reconnect to the server using the username and password.

I'm not sure why these connections are breaking when someone reboots the computer.

I checked the event log on the server and I'm getting an error that might be related:
Error 1054
Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (An unexpected network error occurred. ). Group Policy processing aborted. Click to expand...

A:Mapped drives connectivity issues with XP Home Workstation and 2003 Server

Slow or bad dns is my best guess

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a mapped drive shows as disconnected but still work in terms of getting into the shared network folder on our NAS.  but i want to remove it.  the commapnt prompt command wont do it.  you cant disconnected it because it doesnt see a networked
drive.  and i looked in the registry and there isnt a registry entry for the mapped drive. in the mountpoint2 or whatever. 

A:Windows 7 mapped network drive. shows as disconnected, cannot remove, not showing in registry

To troubleshoot, disconnect the connection first. Please refer to:
How To Disconnect Non-Mapped UNC Path “Drives” in Windows
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16196/how-to-disconnect-non-mapped-unc-path-drives-in-windows/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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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 am using Windows 7.  I have 32 TB NAS.   The drive is mapped
But, after connect, in about 1 to 5 minutes NAS
are shown to be disconnected in Computer. NAS is mostly autodisconnected.
How to fix this issue?

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I disconnected a mapped drive. checked registry and it does not show. checked via net use /delete and it does not appear to be there.
however when I do in CMD> DIR R:\ (where R:\ is the drive letter) it lists the content of the mapped drive and I can access from all programs as well.
How can I disconnect this mapped drive?

Moti Hodis
[email protected]

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To make a long story short I have microsoft office 2003 on one hard drive. Due to my accidental corruption of that disks operating system, I decided to buy a new hard drive and get a fresh install of Windows XP on it. I now boot from the new Hard drive and have the other one installed so I can have access to old data that is on it as well as applications. This is where my trouble begins. When I attempt to open windows, excel, etc I get an error message stating that my operating system is not presently configured to use "X"
I assume that this is directly proportional to the fact that I have never "installed" office with the new operating system. The operating systems are the same, same product key etc.

I cannot find an office setup.ini or setup exe file anywhere on the old hard drive. I do not want to put office on the new hard drive as it is already on the old one and I shouldn't have to.

Does anyone have any idea on how a fella might overcome this error and or "setup" the new operating system to work with office without having to do a fresh install?

Thanks in advance for any assistance in this matter!

A:Solved: Office 2003 and 2 hard drives

The Office Installer makes a lot of additions and changes to the Windows registry. It also puts files into the operating system folders. Except for some very simple stand alone utility programs, most programs that need to be installed will also make registry changes and operating system folder file additions.

Your best, if not only choice, may be to reinstall Office from the original installation disc(s). The same will also apply to any other installed programs.

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I have some drives being mapped in a logon script that is set up on my domain account on a Windows 2003 server system. They map fine under Windows XP, however I have just set up a new Windows 7 system to begin testing and logged on with the same account, but the drives are not mapped. So I am guessing the logon script is not running, but I'm not sure. I searched the web for this issue and others are having it, but there were no definite answers that I could find. Surely someone else has come across some information on this issue.

Thanks. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

A:Mapped drives not showing on Windows 7

win 7 box added to the domain?
in the same OU as the xp box?

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I have a problem with a Windows 7 Pro PC in SBS2K11 domain.
After some time the PC looses all mapped drives in "Computer", but I can see the mapped drives via Explorer
Via Network connection I can see everything and I can open files etc.

If I make a restart of the PC the mapped drives are back again in "Computer"
In Event log there are no errors
We have updated firmware og drivers
A hint would be nice
Best Reagrds

John B

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We are trying to install an business banking application (XP vintage software) in Windows 8.1 Pro but it cannot see the mapped drives.

A:Old application can't see mapped drives in Windows 8.1

As my understanding, you encounter the issue that the mapped drive doesn?t appear in you Windows 8.1. If there is any misunderstand, please help to clarify.

For this issue, we can try following steps to check the results:
Step 1: Disable Fast startup in Windows 8.1 and restart computer.
How to Turn "Fast Startup" On or Off for a Hybrid Boot in Windows 8 and 8.1
Step 2: Let?s try to map this driver again via command line:
How to Map Network Drives From the Command Prompt in Windows

If the issue still persists, please try to install the latest network adapter driver from manufacturer website to see what?s going one.

In addition, I recommend you check the compatibility of this app on Windows 8.1 compatible center. Since the incompatible app may cause many issues on your current system:

Compatibility Center

Hope these could be helpful.Kate Li
TechNet Community Support

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We are a college campus and faculty and staff are using Windows 7 enterprise
with SP1. I also have 3 servers running DFS. Prior to installing Windows 7 DFS
worked fine for a couple of years now some not all are having issue connecting
to the DFS share they are mapped to it just shows a RED X. After period of time
it will come back by itself. But again another day it reverts back to the RED X
when we click on the RED x drive it prompts us for username and password but
when we enter credentials it just keeps prompting and won't stop
I had one user told me she was prompted for credentials after clicking on the
DFS drive that had the RED X and gave up. she came back from lunch and the red x
was gone.
After a period of time all users experience differenct times the RED x
disappears and the user can use the drive a day or two later the RED x appears
again. the only recourse we have is the map the user directly to the server and
not use dFS

A:isse with Windows 7 and mapped DFS drives

There are some registry tweaks you can do to resolve this issue, can you try out the following settings on a single machine to see if it resolves the issue:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit (Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003) or type regedt32(Windows
NT 4.0), and then click OK.Locate and then click the following key in the registry:


In the right pane, click the autodisconnect value, and then on the Edit menu, click Modify. If theautodisconnect value
does not exist, follow these steps:

On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click REG_DWORD.Type autodisconnect, and then press ENTER.
On the Edit menu, click Modify.Click Hexadecimal.In the Value data box, type ffffffff, and then click OK.
NOTE: The client-side session is automatically disconnected when the idling time lasts more than the duration that is set
in KeepConn. Therefore, the session is disconnected according to the shorter set duration value between AutoDisConnect and KeepConn. To change the time-out duration in the client-side during a UNC connection, specify the arbitrary time in KeepConn.
Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
Value: KeepConn 
Data type : REG_DWORD 
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Every now and then when i try to run a program that is on one of my mapped drives a window pops up saying the mapped drive doesn't exist. I go into my computer and sure enough all my mapped drives show disconnected but when I try to open them they open just fine and I can see all the files on the mapped drive. What would cause this?

A:Solved: mapped drive disconnected, but isn't

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I have a small (wireless) network in my home. I have mapped a network drive on my husband's computer back to a data file on my computer so we can share a specific program, but every time he restarts his computer the drive is disconnected, so he gets an error when he goes to use the program. To work around this, he simply has to go to My Computer and double-click on the disconned drive and go back, and it reconnects. I've heard this is a known XP problem; is this true? Do you know of a fix?

A:Disconnected Mapped Network Drive

i have found adding the drive to my network places works a lot better then mapping a network drive. no idea why, but i have changed my home network to have all drives i want continously mapped connected via network places - also this has the beniefit of nolonger prompting the connection at login.
BUT I am NOT a network expert - so you may want to wait for more advice

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we have a folder named "Public" shared across the office running windows 7 pro. the problem is every time i map the folder "Public" to the other computer it got disconnected every reboot and ask for credential like the user and password. can somebody help to solve this. thanks..

A:Mapped Drive get disconnected after every reboot.

You could setup a batch file to run at login that does a net use to map the drive.

auto run a bat script in windows 7 at login

C:\WINDOWS\system32>net use /?
The syntax of this command is:

[devicename | *] [\\computername\sharename[\volume] [password | *]]
[/USER:[dotted domain name\]username]
[/USER:[[email protected] domain name]

NET USE {devicename | *} [password | *] /HOME


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I'm ready to pull my hair out. Seriously. Something so simple..

Alright I have a user. I recently moved her documents folder to their domain server for backup purposes. I moved the folder to a directory I made for her on the data drive with permissions for R/W just for her. I shared the drive and mapped it to her PC. I right clicked on the mapped drive and clicked always available offline. Took like 5 minutes for the process to complete (she's got a lot of stuff..) I also added the mapped drive to the documents library. I also moved the documents location to the mapped drive. Simple right?

Windows search turns up absolutely nothing I search for. I went into the server (SBS2003) and installed the indexing service too. Added the entire data drive to it. Still nothing. I'm stumped and this lady is getting extremely irritated.

Does anyone know something I might be missing here?

A:Windows 8.1 search in mapped drives not working..

Read here, especially the first Tip: Search in Windows 8

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For the past few years, I've periodically had issues when it came to trying to authenticate to a mapped share that resides on a system that also has shares which can be accessed anonymously.

For example, my WD NAS device contains a share which I have to authenticate to, and then there's two other folders which anyone can access. Despite me using valid credentials, I can't authenticate to the protected share.

If I reboot my system and authenticate to the protected share before the public shares, then all is good. Vice versa, not so great. I'm using Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64-bit), and I've had this issue in past with Windows 7 as well.

I believe if I terminate explorer.exe and try authenticating to the protected share, all is well, but I don't want to do that because I love my system notification icons.

Can anyone please shed some light on what's going on here? Is there a service I can simply restart?

A:Windows and its stupid mapped drives issues

When you map a drive, make sure the Reconnect at logon box is checked. That file should be authenticated at the next logon.

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This strikes me as a strange issue. On one of my 'workhorse machines', (I use RD to connect to):

1) The previous OS was XP. From XP, I mapped a network drive (designated L:\).
2) The drive was not set to reconnect at logon
3) I installed Windows 7 Pro (which, of course, required a format of drive C:\)
4) Although I did not remap the drive, amazingly, the mapped drive (L:\) still apppears in explorer. The drive letter on the previously mapped to drive was changed and not shared.
5) It does not show up in the 'Disconnect Network Drives' dialog
6) Right-clicking results in only two menu items: "Expand" & "Open in New Window"
7) Left clicking on the icon results in:
\\tsclient is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. COntact the admin of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Attempt to access invalid address.

8) Re-sharing the network resource and remapping to it works and allows me to disconnect the drive.

9) There still seems to be no way to remove the drive icon from explorer.

Not a huge problem, as it just sits there and does not try to connect at logon (as per settings), but since I have no use for the icon, I'd like to get rid of it.

ANy ideas?


A:Removing Disconnected Mapped NW Drive Icon

No ideas on this? Perhaps the reference to its previous existance in XP is confusing (it is to me...). Maybe forgetting that will help and boil it down to this:

I have a mapped drive that is no longer mapped or shared, yet the icon in WE remains. How does one eliminate this icon?


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I have a Windows PC used purely for storage. It is shared by 10 other Laptops.

The laptops are running Windows 10.
I created users on the Win 7 PC.
Shared the folders.
Created mapped drives on the Win 10 laptops.
This has been operating with very few issues for a number of years.
Today 2 laptops are unable to access the mapped drives.
I have uninstalled the Antivirus.
I have updated the Intel Lan cards.
Run Ipconfig /renew. Wouldn't renew.

Changed the registry setting - HKey-Local Machine\system\... to allow access.
PROBLEM solved - Windows 7 update caused a conflict. Rolled back to a previous restore point - Bingo it worked.

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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 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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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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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 can open the files if I navigate to them first without opening the app but if I open up word for example, then navigate to the file it just hangs. It's as soon as you click on the drop down menu to select a network drive.

The PC is new with XP SP2 and its office 2003.

Many Thanks,


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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 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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One of our clients has had problems recently on some of their workstations. Further to the domain password policy being adjusted from 180 days to 30 days, four workstations (so far) have exhibited the following problems on an intermittent basis:
- Very slow to log on/get to desktop after entering domain user account credentials.
- Outlook 2010 showing as disconnected.
- Mapped network drive has a red cross over it within Computer and cannot be accessed.
In terms of the setup, the client has an SBS 2011 server with approximately 15 Windows 7 Professional workstations - they are all domain joined and are using Exchange as the mail server.
We think we may have fixed the problem now, but I would be grateful for any comments/input on what might have caused the problem.
When the problems were occuring we performed a ping to the server from the workstations that were exhibiting the problems.

We noticed that the replies came back with the IPv6 address of the server - not the usual IPv4 address. Additionally if we pinged other (working) workstations, the replies from those also came back with IPv6 addresses.
Repairing the TCP/IP stack didn't make any difference, nor did removing the AV/security software.
We then disabled IPv6 on the workstations having the problems and immediately the problems rectified themselves. Logon speed returned to normal as did access to Outlook and the mapped network drive.
Pings to the server and other workstations also replied with the usual IPv... Read more

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I am running a Windows XP workstation (SP2). I am mapped to network drives, some on my local domain, and others on another domain on which my domain account is connected. I am able to map to all drives and read, write, change, etc to all files in all of these drives. I can run a window explorer search on all the drives mapped on my local domain. When I run a search, even for any file, on the mapped drives on the other domain, windows explorer very quickly comes back stating:
"Search is complete. There are no results to display".

Has anyone encountered such an issue before? I have never seen this type of behavior. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Our users sometimes map drives temporarily and forget to unmap them. I'd like to add something which verifies the existance of a drive or the mapping will be removed. Something like (before we map the mandatory drives):

For each mapped drive, check and see if it can connect. If it's not, then disconnect.


A:Windows 2000 Login Script: Disconnect erroneously mapped drives

net use * /d /y

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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 Win 7 Enterprise PC with a XP mode PC installed.  I have a Windows 2003 R2 SP2 server with a shared folder.  I have set up a group policy to map a network drive to the share for the user on the Win 7 PC.  Since it is a group policy
for the user, the mapping happens to both the Win 7 PC and the XP mode PC.  The mapping on the Win 7 PC works fine.  On the XP mode PC, the mapped drive shows disconnected but the mapping still shows and when opened displays the contents of
the shared drive. I cannot remove the mapping but attempting to with a NET USE /delete command produces: the network connection cannot be found.  Ultimately, I want to connect to the mapping so I can configure a FoxPro ODBC driver within the XP virtual
machine.  As things stand right now, I cannot set up the ODBC driver since it will not recognise the mapping.  All the latest patches are installed on both the Win 7 and XP mode PC, including Win 7 SP1.  I have tried several things that have
been mentioned about this in the forums but so far to no avail.William Fearn

A:Win 7 XP virtual machine has a mapped drive that shows disconnected but still acts connected

To answer one of your points the mapped drive on the Windows XP mode PC does show up under the Network Drive category and uses the drive letter S:. It is a legitimate drive mapping.  Something else is going on. I have done some further research
and have found the following cause. The mapped drive itself does not cause the problem.   The problem occurs when I create a shortcut to an executable in the mapped network drive on the Windows XP mode PC and then put the shortcut into the All
Users/Start Menu folder and then reboot the XP mode PC. Then the disconnected network drive message appears.  The creation of the shortcut is not the problem but putting it in the All Users\Start Menu does. When I remove the shortcut from the All Users\Start
Menu folder and reboot, the problem goes away.  I need to get the shortcut published to the Win 7 PC so that it shows up in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder.
The method I described is the only way I know how to get the application published.  I also know that Microsoft has described this method of publishing an application that does not use an installation program as being the preferred method to publish
such applications from the XP mode PC to the host Win 7 PC.
I hope this clarify's the problem for you.  I have seen other instances of similar problems but haven't seen a good solution yet.

William Fearn

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Hi everybody,

Everytime I plug in an usb device, especially devices that use much resources like external Hard Drive or Digital TV-Card, usually I have to try 2,3 times until Windows recognize it, with some luck it can sometimes works on the first try. But even after successfully recognize my device, every 15-30 Minutes Windows notifies me that my device is unpluged and a few second later it is "automatically" pluged again. This is extremely annoying , image when you are copying data from the external Hard Drive or watching movies from the TV-Card and this thing happens --> have to start all over again

At first, I thought it was because of lacking power for the usb-ports, so I bought a USB-Hub with dedicated power supply, but it seemed to be even worse, now my usb-mouse keep disconnecting all the time if I plug it in the USB-Hub (with power turn on), but it works normally if I plug it in the PC USB-Ports (not through the USB-Hub)

I'm really confused, should it be a hardware problem, or even a software issue (windows)

Thanks so much if anyone can help me

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Server has been great and online for about 7 months without issue.  Three times over the last two weeks, all clients' mapped drives just drop and Windows Explorer hangs...  I am not able to disconnect drives via command prompt, nor remap drives
via command prompt.  However, I can ping the server and remote desktop to the server perfectly.  No errors in logs on workstations or server.  Affects all workstations (60+ running Windows 7 Pro) simultaneously.  Client mappings to
other servers (Windows 2008 R2) running on the same switch are unaffected.  Reboot the 2012 server and you can reconnect to mapped drives by clicking on them in Windows Explorer.  Any ideas?

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When a user is connecting to our VPN network the domain accounts gets locked in under a minute.

VPN user and pass are automatically saved in Windows Credentials (control panel).
When the user logs on to VPN the domain account lockes out because it has mapped drives through GPO and it tries to connect to them with saved VPN user and pass. If I delete saved VPN windows credentials theres no problem, but windows always saves back the
Anyone who knows about this? I don't really want to install other VPN client .. 

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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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I opened my computer the other day and when I clicked "computer" to go to my mapped networks drives to my surprise there are no hard drives or mapped drives displayed anymore.

Even when I go "open" in excel for example I don't see the drives.

I tried uninstalling sp1 in hope it would fix the problem but it did not. When I go into disk management I see my hard drives.

Is there a way to fix this? I have Vista Home Premium


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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

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
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Hi there,

We've been experiencing the same problem as what is describe in this thread

Our workstations are Windows 7 Professional and is connected to a Windows 2003 domain.
Our user's gets randomly disconnected to the domain and becomes offline. They could not access any file server and printer resources but they can browse the Internet.

Pleas help, this has been dragging us for months now
We would try to break the network using different subnet and see how it goes.

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For those still using Legacy Office (97-2003) on Windows 7, any time you try to activate the animated Office Assistant, you receive a message that "The Office Assistant Requires Microsoft Agent 2.0 or better. The product is available in the Office System Pack." Read the following before installing:

1.) MS removed the MS Agent, which controls the Office Assistant on Windows 7 and above. The Hot Fix below, is contained in a zip file which restores the Office Assistant functionality to legacy Office users on Windows 7. The following link below will show you how to download the instructions to get the Hot Fix back. Note, if you are running Windows XP or below, you already have this installed and need not run it. See the separate Help documentation in MS Office, if your Office Assistant fails to appear in Windows XP or below.

2.) Furthermore, this fix is for Windows 7 only! Not Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or the Windows 10 Preview. You also will need to make sure you know the correct version of Windows 7 on your computer For example 32 or 64 bit. MS should sense the version of Windows 7 you are running, when they email you the instructions for downloading the Hotfix.

3.) The instructions say that this Fix only restores Merlin the Wizard, but it gave me "Clippy" which is the default Office 97-2003 animation.

4.) I was not able to get the Zip file to extract in the C directory or able to find the default file location the first time. But by clicking "Browse&... Read more

A:Solved: Solution for Loss of MS Office Assistant in Windows 7 (MS Office 97-2003)

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My PC OS is Windows 7 Pro and I am using Office 2003
I want to install Office 2010 on it.
I don't want two Office programs but I do want to keep My Doc's etc in the new Office 2010.
What is the procedure? 

A:Installing Office 2010 on a PC that is running Windows 7 and Office 2003

Hi fred93 The documents you created with Office programs aren't related to it. You can simply uninstall Microsoft Office 2003, and install Office 2010 and you'll be able to use them again. Simple as that.

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Can anyone tell me how to re-install Microsoft Office? I've just had to do a complete re-install of Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition (as a parallel, repair function was not working on the original version) after a blue screen error nightmare followed by issues with the keyboard and mouse not being recognized. Those issues are now resolved and I was able to keep my data. I see everything in the system has been restored except Microsoft Office 2007. I can see the files but cannot access the actual program. My word and excel files are there but I cannot open them without the program. I do have the Application and Drivers & Utilities CD's (DELL Dimension E520). Any advice would be appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] Need to re-install MS Office 2007 in Windows XP - (actually Office 2003)

You need the Office 2007 installation cd . . If it came with the PC, Dell should have included it in the package of cd's with the system

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I am running Office 2003 on Windows 7. My PC is only 6 months old and everything has been running like butter. All of a sudden Office files open slowly when double-clicked from their respective locations (they would normally blink up). If I open Word or Excel and then open the files from there, they open quick. Outlook on the other hand, is just slow to load up...which it wasn't before.

I did a ton of research online and couldn't get a clear fix. My thoughts are:
Anti Virus? (I'm using AVG Free)
Ad-Aware Free? (Ad-Watch live is on...however it was on before)
Windows update or office update?

But obviously I'm here to get your thoughts. It's a pain in the ass when I bought a new PC so it could perform quick, and now spreadsheets and email take 20 seconds or more to open.


A:Office files open slowly (Office 2003 / Windows 7)

I just wanted to add that when I disconnect the PC from the internet, the problem seems to go away?

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