When mapped drive not found, explorer goes to next drive letter. Delays.

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A laptop has 5 mapped drives which are only used on the office. Offline files is not an option. When a user on the road clicks on a mapped drive by mistake, the explorer window locks up while it tries to find it.

OK, but what is infuriating is what it does when it can't fid it.
Instead of doing something sensible like taking the explorer window to C: drive or desktop, it goes to the next drive letter. Of course this is also unavailable. So the machine is essentially unusable for about 5 minutes if the user mis-clicks once.

Any way to change this behaviour ?


XP Home and Pro.
 
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Not to be trite, but don't click on a mapped drive when not connected to the network. That's the behavior that needs to be changed.
 

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bbearren said:
Not to be trite, but don't click on a mapped drive when not connected to the network. That's the behavior that needs to be changed.
If we're going to be trite, your response is wholly incorrect, the correct trite response would be, "don't install windows in the first place because it's utterly crap."

But I could have reached both those conclusions on my own without posting on a forum. :D
 
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abssorb said:
A laptop has 5 mapped drives which are only used on the office. Offline files is not an option. When a user on the road clicks on a mapped drive by mistake, the explorer window locks up while it tries to find it.

OK, but what is infuriating is what it does when it can't fid it.
Instead of doing something sensible like taking the explorer window to C: drive or desktop, it goes to the next drive letter. Of course this is also unavailable. So the machine is essentially unusable for about 5 minutes if the user mis-clicks once.

Any way to change this behaviour ?


XP Home and Pro.
In a word, no. When you click on a mapped drive in Windows Explorer you invoke the networking protocols in the O/S. The networking protocols will then attempt to access all network resources before they relenquish control back to Windows Explorer.
 
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One way I have solved this problem for this situation is in how the drives get mapped. I started using a small batch file that gets run on startup to map the drive. But the first thing it does is disconnect any drives assigned.

for example:
net use * /d /y
net use x: \\server\share
net use y: \\server\share1
net use z: \\server\share2

So when they are on the road, the net use * /d /y disconnects all the mapped drives. The rest never successfully complete. So there are no mapped drives to click on.
 

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Thanks guys - both answers are helpful.

I had hoped that there might be something in the registry.
 
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