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Network drive not connecting on startup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by sclemons6, Nov 20, 2008.

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  1. sclemons6

    sclemons6 Thread Starter

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    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
     
  2. stevecampoli

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    try remapping the drive and check reconnect at logon, that might help.
     
  3. sclemons6

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    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?

    Thanks
    CSC
     
  4. rob_squared

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    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.
     
  5. sclemons6

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but where is the startup folder in Vista?
     
  6. rob_squared

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    Its under Start-->Programs (or all programs)-->Startup
     
  7. sclemons6

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    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
     
  8. crunskter1

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    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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