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Windows 7: "Map Network Drive" menu item missing after hasty registry edit.

08 Feb 2012   #1
Swampfoot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
"Map Network Drive" menu item missing after hasty registry edit.

Was attempting to get rid of some ghosted network drives which no longer exist - I'd tried everything until I came upon this thread:

How do I REMOVE a Network Drive [and the horse it rode in on]

I scrolled to the bottom and saw the registry edit. I went to my own registry, and though I did not see a folder in that location named "Mountpoint key" I did have one called "MountPoints2" inside which I found entries for all of the old, now-nonexistent drives I had been accessing over the network. So, rather stupidly, thinking these were causing the problem, deleted any entry that had an old drive name in it (there were 5 of them). I left the default entry in there:



After doing that and restarting, the old ghost drives were indeed gone from my Computer window, but I discovered when attempting to re-map the new ones that when going to the Tools menu to "Map Network Drive..." that the menu item was missing:



I can still access drives over the network thru the Network panel on the left side of the window.

System Restore was not engaged, so no going back to a previous restore point.

Thanks for any advice, help or insight you can provide.


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09 Feb 2012   #2
Swampfoot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I managed to fix this with a bit more research. Got the menu item to appear again, this time with another regedit:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

http://i.imgur.com/Ib5ZH.jpg

I set "NoNetConnectDisconnect" to a value of zero, and rebooted, and it was fine after that.

Not sure how or why, but after this incident I have properly engaged System Restore.
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09 Feb 2012   #3
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

Now enable System Restore and install ERUNT then these kinds of problems are easy to solve (not as much fun perhaps but easy).
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