What is a Mapped Network Drive?
By Mapping a Network Drive, we’re creating a shortcut for a particular drive on a different computer in a different location. In Layman’s terms, mapping allows a user to create a new drive letter for a folder and gives you access to it just like other computer drives.
However, sometimes even after correct mapping of the drive, it doesn’t appear in the File Explorer. Have you, too, faced the same problem? Well, This risewindows article is going to find you a solution.
What is the Root Cause of Mapped Network Drive Not Showing on File Explorer?
Before Diving into the solution, we need to understand the problem and what causes it. When we map a particular Network Drive using an Administrative Command Prompt or a login script, by default, the Network Drives created with standard rights appear in the File Explorer. So to fix the issue of the Mapped Drive not showing on Windows, either we delete the mapped drive and again create with regular rights or follow the below-mentioned instructions.
The Fix: Mapped Network Drive Not Showing on Windows 11/10
If you have mapped a network drive correctly and it still doesn’t appear in the File Explorer, we can use the following steps:
Step 1. Open the Registry Editor.
Step 2. When the Registry Editor window appears on the computer, navigate to the following path:
Step 3. After that, right-click on the “System key” in the left navigation pane, choose “New,” and then click on “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
Step 4. Next, name the newly created REG_DWORD as “EnableLinkedConnections.”
Step 5. Now, double-click the “EnableLinkedConnections REG_DWORD” to change its “Value Data.”
Step 6. Then, set the “Value data” to 1.
Step 7. Now, click on the “OK” button.
Step 8. Finally. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.
Once all the steps are completed, Network Drives created by elevated apps will be visible in the File Explorer. Elevated apps can also access the Network Drives created by programs running with standard rights.
There you have it. Good Luck!
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