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Windows 7: Mapped Drives not Connecting

08 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
Mapped Drives not Connecting

I've set up a dual boot with XP and 7. My mapped drives work fine under XP but on 7 they fail to reconnect at startup. I have made sure I ticked "Reconnect at startup" and I have switched on "Always wait for network at computer start up and logon" in Group Policies but still no good. Any suggestions?

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09 Nov 2009   #2


Did you move to Canberra recently? My commiserations

It would be useful to figure out whether the Windows 7 box is trying to reconnect and failing, or whether it's not trying at all. The most direct way to do that would be to run a packet trace ( on the XP target (harder to do it on Windows 7 while it's logging on), and then analyse the resultant trace to establish whether an attempt is being made to reconnect.

If the Windows 7 box is trying and failing, that's relatively easy to troubleshoot because the trace should reveal the nature of the failure. Otherwise, if there's no attempt at all, it becomes necessary to enable additional ("userenv") logging, and as of Vista they've made that a real PITA.

If you do end up generating a trace (it's very simple - like a tape recorder) and you'd like some assistance doing the analysis, just ask.
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28 Sep 2010   #3

windows 7 ultimate 32bit

Did you solve this?
I found the same in vista and XP, Ticking the "reconnect at startup" dosen't work. The best way is to go to control panel, hover the cursor over the "family security" section, all the options will be highlighted by a box, click in the box area but not on any specific section. You can now setup credentials for each mapped drive, this involves selecting each drive inturn from a list and applying your login password. This will ensure that all drives will be connected at bootup. I've noticed that sometimes the dirves can still have a red cross on startup, but is actual connected just select as normal and the redcross disappears.
Ps I've written this from memory so I'll post again later this evening to correct any errors..the jist of it is close
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01 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

Thanks mate. I'll try it when I'm back at work.
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06 Oct 2010   #5

windows 7 ultimate 32bit

Did you manage to do it.
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06 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

I just did it and YES! Good one. I only needed to add credentials for 1 of the mapped drives and now when I reboot I'm automatically connected. Thanks mate
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