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Old 02-17-2016, 03:50 PM   #1
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hello everyone, I'm having an issue mapping a network drive in windows XP,
Service pack 3. when I right-click on my computer and choose "map network drive" nothing happens. Has anyone seen this issue before?
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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First, see if you can access the drive.
Go to Start/Run and type the computer name of the network drive (eg) \\ComputerName and press enter or by typing it's IP address (eg) \\192.168.1.253. If that shows in Windows (File) Explorer then go up to Tools/Map Network Drive.
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You could try using the command prompt (aka DOS screen). Click START, RUN, type CMD, and hit the ENTER key which should bring up the command line. Try using the following example:

net use Z: \\computer\share /persistent:yes

Obviously you'll want to replace "computer" with the actual computer name and share with the actual share name. You can also specify the drive letter you'd like, I just used Z: for example. So in the example of having a computer called HOMEPC with a share of FILES it would be:

net use Z: \\homepc\files /persistent:yes

Persistent has it keep the share mapped even after rebooting, otherwise you'll have to do it each time you reboot. As was mentioned by spunk.funk, please ensure that you don't have any issues connecting to that computer/share before you start mapping drives or you'll never be successful.
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