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Why does Win 8.1 keep dropping mapped network drives?

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    windows 8.1 update 1

    Why does Win 8.1 keep dropping mapped network drives?


    I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 with Update 1. I have drives mapped to my Windows Home Server 2011 and to my Windows 7 desktop PC. But each time I reboot the laptop it drops the mapped drives and I have to try and map them all over again. I say "try" because most times I have to go back to my other PCs and unshare and then reshare the drives for them to be seen again in Windows 8. Then I can map them again but only until the next reboot.

    Same goes for the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector software. Windows 8.1 drops the connection after a reboot and the Connector software must be reinstalled EACH TIME to connect with my server.

    I have the SAME user name and password on ALL machines. I have tried mapping the drives with just the username and password as well as with the remote PC name\username combo but that doesn't work either. Finally I have set my shared drives/folders to have read/write access to ALL users. Again, no luck unless I unshare and reshare.

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    No one knows why 8.x.x does it. There is nothing out of Redmond what is going on. As to why network mapped drives do not reconnect. Doubtful that MS will ever fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daviator View Post
    I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 with Update 1. I have drives mapped to my Windows Home Server 2011 and to my Windows 7 desktop PC. But each time I reboot the laptop it drops the mapped drives and I have to try and map them all over again. I say "try" because most times I have to go back to my other PCs and unshare and then reshare the drives for them to be seen again in Windows 8. Then I can map them again but only until the next reboot.

    Same goes for the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector software. Windows 8.1 drops the connection after a reboot and the Connector software must be reinstalled EACH TIME to connect with my server.

    I have the SAME user name and password on ALL machines. I have tried mapping the drives with just the username and password as well as with the remote PC name\username combo but that doesn't work either. Finally I have set my shared drives/folders to have read/write access to ALL users. Again, no luck unless I unshare and reshare.
    There is a group policy setting that may help.

    Start > Run > type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) click ok.

    Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon > Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

    set this to Enable then reboot.


    Or you could try adding the credentials from the server.

    1. Go to Control Panel -> All control Panel Items -> Credentials Manager

    2. Next to the heading "Windows Credentials" click on the link "Add a Windows credential".

    3. Enter the name of your server and the appropriate credentials, reboot and check for mapping.

    You might also want to set up a DHCP reservation for the local IP's or use static IP's so they don't change.
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    windows 8.1 update 1


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

    There is a group policy setting that may help.

    Start > Run > type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) click ok.

    Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon > Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

    set this to Enable then reboot.


    Or you could try adding the credentials from the server.

    1. Go to Control Panel -> All control Panel Items -> Credentials Manager

    2. Next to the heading "Windows Credentials" click on the link "Add a Windows credential".

    3. Enter the name of your server and the appropriate credentials, reboot and check for mapping.

    You might also want to set up a DHCP reservation for the local IP's or use static IP's so they don't change.
    Thanks but the gpedit.msc is only available on the Pro edition of Windows 8.x. It's not on my machine.
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    I had no way of knowing this beforehand but you might try adding the credentials.
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    windows 8.1 update 1


    No worries. I'll try the other method and I think I found a downloadable gpedit file. Thanks!!
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    windows 8.1 update 1


    Thanks chev65, the Credential Manager did the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daviator View Post
    Thanks chev65, the Credential Manager did the trick.
    Glad to hear it daviator. Thanks for reporting back in. These types of threads go on to help many other people with similar problems.

    This network drive problem has been around a long time but the fixes seem to be different depending on the OP system or other variables.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Does this only work when the mapped drive is on an actual server, ie a computer running a server operating system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    Does this only work when the mapped drive is on an actual server, ie a computer running a server operating system?
    No server required here. This should work for any Workgroup or Homegroup network.

    These are the two best possible solutions I can find for this problem.

    The part in bold is important as well because if the IP's for a particular user change it may create another credential issue. This because the users name or the IP can be used to create the credential.

    I believe Msoft should add a credentials option as part of the process for mapping network drives because this problem has been around for a long time and it really makes people furious.
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