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Mapping a network drive in Windows 7 is fairly easy, assuming the networked drive you are trying to map, or connect to is properly set up. If the network drive was not set up for sharing, you will have difficulties mapping it.
Suffice to say, you may need to follow some extra instructions in order to make mapping a drive work. Let’s start with the basics though. In the following instructions, I will provide you the means to simply map a network drive using Windows built-in Map network drive wizard.
The below instructions are based on using Windows 7 x64 Home Premium, and Windows XP Professional.
Now you should find your mapped drive, or folder, listed in Computer. At this point, it’s always a good idea to test out the connection to make certain you have permission and can access the shared resource drive.
The above simple instructions may not work for you, especially if the other computer you are connecting to is not in the same Windows 7 Homegroup, or it is a server network.
If so, you may need to…
Believe it or not, mapping to previous versions of Windows may require a bit more work…
If you cannot map an XP shared resource, even after providing credentials, follow these instructions to resolve the problem.
On your XP machine…
Now, from your Windows 7 computer, you will be able to access and map to shared folders. If you require full access to the drives, then follow these steps to be added to the Administrators Group.
Go back to your XP machine and re-open the Computer Management console
Now you should be able to map an entire drive, though don’t forget you may need to manually enter it in the following format: \\XPMACHINE\DRIVE_LETTER$.
In a Windows Client TechCenter forum thread, a poster had the following issue,
I have Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium,and I can’t map a network drive. I use a Cisco VPN client to connect to my University network, and then when I go to map the drive I get a message that it can’t be found. ~Dshare. Although the answer received by a Microsoft tech did not solve the problem, it does demonstrate the issues surrounding Windows drive mapping.
In a later thread reply, a solution was presented by another responder…
To make things work, I had to trick windows into thinking that the two shares were on separate servers by adding an alias entry in the hosts file (system32/drivers/etc/hosts), 192.168.0.103 DNS323USERS, Then I mapped one share using \\192.168.0.103\Sync and the other using \\DNS323USERS\Users. ~Win7Noobee
The solution to my problem above was that I had to disconnect the mapped network drives in Win 7, so that they did not show up as network shared drives in XP Mode. Once there were no mapped/shared drives in XP Mode, I created new mapped drives by right-clicking on the network folders, and then I could run the installation/setup files as previously done in Windows XP. ~Roy H. _