Mapping a network drive has many benefits, especially if you want to transfer files faster over a network. If you are unable to map a network drive, Windows 10 has an easy solution that we will discuss in this post.
Creating a shortcut to another folder or drive that is shared on the network means mapping its location. Plus, you can even create a shortcut to the network drive on your desktop for easier access.
Map a network drive in Windows 10
Mapping a network drive in Windows 10 gives you quick access to data stored on another computer. A mapped drive is a quick and easy way to access an external hard drive.
The external hard drive can function as a local drive by assigning a local drive letter to it. As such, it’s ideal for storing data that won’t fit on your computer, viewing files from a tablet, backing up content, and sharing file access with multiple people.
You can try these methods if you are unable to map a network drive in Windows 10.
Method 1: Remove and Remap Your Current Network Drive
One of the most common scenarios where users cannot map a network drive in Windows 10 is when they update from v1909 to v2004. One of the indicators of this problem is the appearance of error 0x80070043 whenever the desktop user tries to connect to a network drive.
Try this method if you are using Windows 10 V2004.
- Click the Start button and type “regedit” in your Windows search bar. Move your mouse to the first result Registry Editor and right click on it.
- Select Run as administrator from the options. Click Yes Get on.
- Click on the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder to expand it. Then click Networkwhich should display your current network drive name (ie Z).
- Right-click the network drive folder (Z in the example above) and select remove† Click Yes†
- Then click on the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder again to expand it. Click on the Software† Then click on the Microsoft folder to expand it.
- Scroll down until you see the Windows folder. Click and expand it. Then click on the Current version folder and expand it. Click and fold the . from Explorer folder.
- Click and fold the . from Map network station MRU folder. On the right side of the window, right click on the network name icon just below it (Standard)† Select remove and then click Yes†
- Close and exit the Registry Editor program.
- Restart your computer.
- Remap your network drive. If you forgot how to do it, check here Map a network drive in Windows 10 article.
- Then repeat steps one to three.
- Right-click on an empty space in the right half of the Registry Editor window. Move your mouse to the New button and select DWORD (32-bit value)†
- Type ProviderFlags as the name of the REG_DWORD file. Right click on the ProviderFlags key and change the Value data from 0 to 1. Click OK. Close and exit the Registry Editor.
Method 2: Update to 20H2 version
An incompatible Windows 10 version is another possible reason why the Network Drive card is not working. As you may recall, Windows already deployed the 21H1 update on May 10, 2021.
If the network drive is configured with an older version, this may cause the mapping problem. To fix this, you may need to switch to an earlier stable version of Windows 10, the 20H2 version.
- On your Windows desktop, click the Start button and open Settings (gear icon).
- Then click Update & Security†
- Then select Windows Update on the left side of the screen. Click on the Check for updates knob.
- Look below View optional updates before pressing . click Download and install†
- Select the Restarting now button.
If this method still doesn’t work, try the next repair option.
Method 3: Disable Offline Files and Re-enter Your Credentials
Many people like to keep offline copies of the network version, but sometimes error occurs due to sync issues. In this case, the file will not be updated when it reconnects to the network.
We recommend disabling offline files from your system using this method:
- Type “Control panel” in your Windows search bar. Click on the Control panel app.
- In the Control Panel, select the Sync Center† If you don’t see this icon, change the View by set top right to large icons.
- Select Manage offline files on the left side of the window. In the Offline Files window that just opened, check that it says: Enable offline files. If this is the case, you don’t need to change anything. But if it says: disable offline files, Press the button.
- Close the Sync Center window and restart your computer.
After restarting your computer, try to access your network drive to see if this resolves the issue. If not, move on to the next repair suggestion.
- Type “reference manager” in your Windows search bar. Click on the Credential Manager app.
- Then click on the Windows Credentials icon and go to the General references section below.
- Click the drop-down button next to Changed: Today and select remove† Then click Yes to permanently delete the generic reference.
- close the Credential Manager app and restart your computer.
- After rebooting, repeat steps one and two. Then click Add Generic Credential Button (the one with the blue text).
- Enter the credentials you have on the network. If the network administrator has changed these credentials, you should ask them for this information.
- Finally, test if you can navigate to the target network drive.
Method 4: Use Local Group Policy Editor
Another solution, if you are unable to map a network drive in Windows 10, is to ask your network administrator or the owner of the drive to edit the Local Group Policy Editor.
- On your keyboard, hold down the . pressed windows key, then press R†
- Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box and press Enter†
- Then click and expand Local Computer Policy† Then select computer configuration†
- Click and Expand the administrative templates folder. Go to the right side of Windows and double click the System folder of the Institution list.
- Scroll down until you find the . finds login folder and double click to open it.
- Click on the Exclude credential providers. Then click the policy settings button on the left side of the page. Tick the … Switched on option before you click Apply† Then select OK†
- Close the program and restart your computer. Try accessing the network drive to see if these fixes worked.
Solved Unable to Map Network Drive in Windows 10 Issue
Mapping a network drive in Windows 10 is normally a simple process without much hassle. However, if you’re having trouble, hopefully one of the above methods solved your problem. If you used another solution, let us know in the comments.