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Windows 7: Treating Network Paths Locally?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
enter8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Treating Network Paths Locally?

I'm trying to create shortcuts to all the shares on my network that I can then copy to every machine. The problem is that if the path uses the network share syntax (\\computer1\sharedfolder), and I open the link on the computer where it exists, it opens as a network share rather than defaulting to it's local location.

For the sake of argument, let's say

\\computer1\downloads

links to, on computer1

c:\downloads

If I'm on computer1 and I open \\computer1\downloads, is there any way to get it to open c:\downloads as c:\downloads (in the address bar)? Among a few issues that arise when I open local folders as network shares, if I try to move large files within the drive, if I have a window open with a local address and a window with a network address, even if it's the same drive, it's treated as a different drive, and, rather than a quick move, the file is copied and deleted from the source.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

I had some problems setting up my network for no logical reason. I finally put links to my network shares in the folder users\public. Each computer has the shares of the other computers, and opens the correct folder when clicked. Test it with one folder.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
enter8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I had some problems setting up my network for no logical reason. I finally put links to my network shares in the folder users\public. Each computer has the shares of the other computers, and opens the correct folder when clicked. Test it with one folder.
Thanks for the reply. My network links open the correct folder anywhere I place them. The issue is that they open as network shares on the machine where they're located, instead of recognizing them as being local and opening them as a non-unc path.

I think I can achieve this with a batch file (check computer name, if computername = \\computername\, then open c:\localfolder, otherwise, open \\computername\networkshare), but it seems like an extraordinary amount of work to achieve something that windows should natively do- or be configured to do. At it's core, its pretty simple. It's just a matter of windows saying "you've given me a network path to a local drive, since it's local, I'm going to act locally."

Thanks, again.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

M$ likes to mess things up globally.

Snick and Paul Black are much better than me on batch files. Have you been making a batch file for every shared file?
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
enter8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A batch file based shortcut is pretty easy. It's just one line:

start \\computername\sharedfolder

I'll probably end up with a total of about 35 shared folders, so I'll probably do some kind of merge to build the bat files, since the syntax for all of them will be the same.
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