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Mapping network drives in Windows

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax1Updated October 22, 2021

Down below we will go over how to map a network drive in Windows.

Windows 10 (and 8, 8.1)

  1. Open File Explorer and right-click This PC.
  2. Click the Map Network drive.
  3. Select the drive letter you want to use and then click Browse.
  4. Navigate to the folder you want to map and click OK.
  5.  Confirm your selection and click Finish. You can choose to reconnect to the folder every time you sign in so it's always available.

To map a network drive, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on Computer in the Start menu and select Map Network Drive.
  2. Click the Drive drop-down list, select a drive letter that is unused by any workstation. (You will use the same drive for each workstation you map from).
  3. Next to Folder, type or Browse to the path of the shared folder that you wish to map to.
  4. Click OK to close the Browse For Folder dialog box and return to the Map Network Drive dialog box (where the path to the selected folder now appears).
  5. If you want Windows to recreate this virtual drive designation for the selected network folder each time that you start and log on to your computer, leave the check mark in the Reconnect at Logon checkbox.
    • If you only want to use this drive designation during the current work session, click the Reconnect at Logon checkbox to remove the check mark.
  6. If you're mapping the network drive for someone else who uses a different logon from your own, click the different user name hyperlink and enter the User name and Password of the person you are mapping the drive for. Click OK.
  7. Click the Finish button in the Map Network Drive dialog box to close it. Windows automatically opens the shared folder in a separate window.
    • If you open Computer, you will see the new mapped network drive listed under Network Location. If you open the mapped drive, you will see the contents of the shared network folder.

If you have mapped the network drive but are unable to set the Data Path to the mapped drive through the prior year programs (06Tax and prior years) then please perform the following steps:

This requires modification of the Windows Registry. Serious problems may occur if the registry is modified incorrectly. Intuit strongly recommends having an IT professional make these changes if you are not comfortable with editing the registry. It's also strongly recommended to make a backup of the registry before proceeding. See here for further instruction.

  1. Edit the following Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem and add the DWord Value of EnableLinkedConnections and enter a for the value.
  2. Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect.

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