If you are unable to map a network drive, maybe after updating Windows 10, follow this troubleshooting guide. This is a common problem among people who have recently installed the new Windows 10 feature update.
Mapping a network drive is relatively simple. By mapping network drives, users can connect local drives to shared storage on other PCs in the same network.
Assume that you used a network drive earlier in Windows 10. If, after you install a new feature update, it stops working, the same steps may need to be performed again. But if it still doesn’t work, then this registry fix might help you.
Before you begin, you should create a system restore point.
Network drives in Windows 10 cannot be mapped
To fix the issue of being unable to map a network drive in Windows 10, follow these steps:
1. Press Win + R to open Run.
2. Type regedit and press Enter button.
3. Click the Yes button on the UAC prompt.
4. Navigate to the network drive key in HKCU.
5. Right-click and delete it.
6. In HKCU, go to Map Network Drive MRU.
7. Delete all entries from the drive.
8. Reconnect your network drive.
9. Navigate to the network drive key in HKCU.
10. Right-click it, and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
11. Give it the name ProviderFlags.
12. Set the Value data to 1 by double-clicking on it.
13. Click OK button.
Details are as follows:
You will have to open the Registry Editor on your computer. To do that, press Win + R, type regedit, and press the Enter button. When the UAC prompt appears, click the Yes button.
Then navigate to this folder, where D represents the network drive:
Right-click on D, select the Delete option, and click OK to confirm.
Then navigate to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMap Network Drive MRU
Here you will see some entries for your previously selected drive. Since they are different for each user, you will have to find these entries and delete them accordingly. To do that, right-click on it, select the Delete option, and click the OK button.
Now, follow this detailed guide to map, add a Network Location or map an FTP drive in Windows 10. Then navigate to this path:
Don’t forget to replace D with your drive letter. Right click on D > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it ProviderFlags.
Double-click it to change the value data to 1, then click the OK button to save the changes.
That’s all there is to do! Now, you won’t have any more problems.
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