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getting access to shared win10 drive from an xp computer

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#1 bluffwood


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Posted 17 June 2016 - 11:50 AM

My "server" is Win 10, and working great. The drives are shared, and working great. Unless either the Win 10 computer, or the XP computer are rebooted, then the mapped drives are inaccessible...


For example, I have a Win 10 drive mapped as "f:" on the win xp machine.  Only when I try to go to the root of f: does it ask me (again) for the username and password (which is the same username and password on the win xp machine).  I enter it, and the entire win 10 drive is accessable (and properly mapped on win xp), but if I reboot either machine, it all goes away.


My other win10 machines do not have this problem.

Is there a way to make mappings to shared drives stick?


Thanks in advance

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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 17 June 2016 - 02:31 PM

I'm old school and normally use batch files to map the drives.  That way if they become disconnected I just rerun the batch file to reconnect.


REM Disconnect all mapped drives
REM Reconnect mapped drives
NET USE N: \\COMPUTER\Share1 /user:USERNAME PASSWORD /persistent:yes
NET USE O: \\COMPUTER\Share2 /user:USERNAME PASSWORD /persistent:yes
NET USE P: \\COMPUTER\Share3 /user:USERNAME PASSWORD /persistent:yes


Create the file in Notepad and save with a .BAT file extension.


Replace COMPUTER with the name of the computer with the file shares.  Replace Share1, Share2, and Share3 with the names of the different file shares.  Replace USERNAME with the name of the user, XP in this case, and Password with the user's password.  The /persistent:yes should reconnect the drives if they disconnect.  If you have a problem just rerun the batch file.


The N: is the letter the share will be assigned on the computer, you can change those as needed.  If you wanted S: for Share and M: for Music or whatever.

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