I’ve had this “Could not reconnect all network drives” annoyance for quite some time now, but never found the time to fix it. In short, since my new machine with Windows 7 I get this error almost on every boot for all my persistent network drives. Applications alone are unable to get to data on these drives until user manually clicks on it in Windows Explorer or Total Commander. The (double) click instantly reconnects the drive without any problem. First, a little background…
My network drives are connected to a Linux Samba server. It’s a simple persistent network drive without any additional log-in information, since the Samba expects my Windows username and password. It works flawlessly all the time, except automatically at Windows start-up.
So I found this post from Peter “Zorn” Horsley: Windows 7 disconnected network drives
He first tried to figure out if some services are missing when Windows first fails to connect, but that was not the case. So he wrote a small executable called MapDrive.exe to ‘work around’ this problem. I used it as instructed and it works perfectly.
Thanks Peter for this simple work around!