Restart/Reboot with mapped Network drives

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 1 May 2001 / Last Updated on 1 May 2001]

On Windows 95/98/ME ( it is slightly different on Windows NT4 / 2000):

You have mapped a network drive and define during the mapping:

to "reconnect at logon".
The mapped drive is shown in My Computer as Network drive:

Now, sometime later you restart/reboot your system, enter your Logon User-name and then get:

Your system tried to re-establish the network connection, but failed, most probably because the other system is NOT switched on (if the other system is switched on, then there is a problem on the network setup or cabling).
At this time, you want to select "Yes", so that your system keeps the definition of the mapped network drive (for your next restart/reboot).

Using Windows95: In My Computer, this Network drive is now shown as a broken network connection:

If you double-click on this broken Network drive and get:

then the other system is still NOT switched on, select "No" to avoid your system to try to establish a Dialup-Network connection.

Using Windows98SE: In My Computer, there is no indication that the Network drive was not reconnected.

When trying to use it and the system sharing the resource is still powered down, it will display the
error message: "The network path was not found"

But once the other system is up and running, double-clicking on the broken network-drive will establish now the network connection, display the network drive and change the icon to a working network drive:

If you like to avoid such broken (red cross) network drives, power up ALL systems, let them wait at the Logon-Screen until ALL systems show the Logon-Screen, then continue entering your Username.

to avoid the error message at start-up
( the "Permanent Connection not available"),
you can configure in the Network-applet of
the Control-panel in the Properties of the
"Client for Microsoft Networks" to make
a "Quick Logon":
On restarting, Windows will still try to
recreate the network mapping, but it will NOT
display an error message if it can not create
the drive mapping..
It will reconnect when you attempt to use the
network drive

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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