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20-Nov-2008, 11:29 AM #1
Network drive not connecting on startup
I have a network drive that does not connect on startup. If you open Computer and double-click the drive it connects without issue.

If you try to use any programs that rely on data in that drive before double-clicking, it can not be accessed.

I have had 3 different computers - 1 with XP and 2 with Vista. The XP and 1 Vista had this problem. The other Vista worked fine on every startup. Never tried to fix it until now.

Why does this happen and how can I make the drive connect at startup - everytime.

Thanks -CSC
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20-Nov-2008, 01:00 PM #2
try remapping the drive and check reconnect at logon, that might help.
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21-Nov-2008, 09:32 PM #3
I remapped and checked Reconnect at Login with the same result. I also mapped a few other drives to different locations on the network.

None of them connect when the computer boots. You need to double click the drive (with a red x) to connect.

What is happening and any ideas on how to fix?

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25-Nov-2008, 09:52 PM #4
Do you have to log in with credentials to access that drive? If so, you can try this:

Using Notepad, make a file that says:

net use <drive letter>: "\\<server>\<path>" <password> /USER:"<user>"

So an example would be:
net use J: "\\data\my documents" mypass /USER:"data\userid"

Save the file and rename the extension to .bat and save it in you startup folder.
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29-Nov-2008, 11:47 AM #5
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but where is the startup folder in Vista?
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29-Nov-2008, 12:15 PM #6
Its under Start-->Programs (or all programs)-->Startup
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03-Dec-2008, 09:36 PM #7
The bat file maps the drive, but the problem is the same. I see the drive in My Computer, but it is not connected. You have to double click it to force a connection.

Any ideas?

Does this problem have something to do with startup order? Is the drive trying to connect before something else happens - say - network discovery start or something like that.

Thanks -CSC
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11-Dec-2008, 01:00 PM #8
I ran into this same problem and fixed it by changing the following registry to a value of 1.

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider\

Name: RestoreConnection
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

I have attached the .reg file as a .txt if you wanted it. Just remember to rename the .txt to .reg
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