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  • I have a Win 7 Enterprise PC with a XP mode PC installed.  I have a Windows 2003 R2 SP2 server with a shared folder.  I have set up a group policy to map a network drive to the share for the user on the Win 7 PC.  Since it is a group policy for the user, the mapping happens to both the Win 7 PC and the XP mode PC.  The mapping on the Win 7 PC works fine.  On the XP mode PC, the mapped drive shows disconnected but the mapping still shows and when opened displays the contents of the shared drive. I cannot remove the mapping but attempting to with a NET USE /delete command produces: the network connection cannot be found.  Ultimately, I want to connect to the mapping so I can configure a FoxPro ODBC driver within the XP virtual machine.  As things stand right now, I cannot set up the ODBC driver since it will not recognise the mapping.  All the latest patches are installed on both the Win 7 and XP mode PC, including Win 7 SP1.  I have tried several things that have been mentioned about this in the forums but so far to no avail.
    William Fearn
    Monday, March 14, 2011 5:24 PM

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  • To answer one of your points the mapped drive on the Windows XP mode PC does show up under the Network Drive category and uses the drive letter S:. It is a legitimate drive mapping.  Something else is going on. I have done some further research and have found the following cause. The mapped drive itself does not cause the problem.   The problem occurs when I create a shortcut to an executable in the mapped network drive on the Windows XP mode PC and then put the shortcut into the All Users/Start Menu folder and then reboot the XP mode PC. Then the disconnected network drive message appears.  The creation of the shortcut is not the problem but putting it in the All Users\Start Menu does. When I remove the shortcut from the All Users\Start Menu folder and reboot, the problem goes away.  I need to get the shortcut published to the Win 7 PC so that it shows up in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder.

    The method I described is the only way I know how to get the application published.  I also know that Microsoft has described this method of publishing an application that does not use an installation program as being the preferred method to publish such applications from the XP mode PC to the host Win 7 PC.

    I hope this clarify's the problem for you.  I have seen other instances of similar problems but haven't seen a good solution yet.


    William Fearn

    Vegaspines: Were you ever able to find a solution to the problem you described above?

    I have a computer that has the exact same issue and your post seems to be the only description of the exact problem I am experiencing.  I have come up with a temporary work around to the issue by removing the application shortcut from from the All Users\Start Menu entry and creating a logon script that inserts the application entries into the appropriate spots in the registry but if there is a real fix to the issue then it would be great to eliminate these extra steps.

    • Marked as answer by Vegaspines Wednesday, March 7, 2012 10:51 PM
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:03 PM

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  • As you may note, I posted the original issue back last November but none of the suggestions fixed the issue.  I hope that someone may now have seen this issue as I currently have described it.
    William Fearn
    Monday, March 14, 2011 6:38 PM
  • I do not think that the mapped drive you see is actually brought by driver mapping in Windows XP Mode. It is just a drive  that is shared by your Windows 7 host. For Windows XP Mode, there is no mapped drive.

    Share Files Between Your Host Machine and XP Mode [How To]
    http://mintywhite.com/xp/share-files-host-machine-xp-mode/

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    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:03 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Vegaspines Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:57 PM
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:13 AM
  • To answer one of your points the mapped drive on the Windows XP mode PC does show up under the Network Drive category and uses the drive letter S:. It is a legitimate drive mapping.  Something else is going on. I have done some further research and have found the following cause. The mapped drive itself does not cause the problem.   The problem occurs when I create a shortcut to an executable in the mapped network drive on the Windows XP mode PC and then put the shortcut into the All Users/Start Menu folder and then reboot the XP mode PC. Then the disconnected network drive message appears.  The creation of the shortcut is not the problem but putting it in the All Users\Start Menu does. When I remove the shortcut from the All Users\Start Menu folder and reboot, the problem goes away.  I need to get the shortcut published to the Win 7 PC so that it shows up in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder.

    The method I described is the only way I know how to get the application published.  I also know that Microsoft has described this method of publishing an application that does not use an installation program as being the preferred method to publish such applications from the XP mode PC to the host Win 7 PC.

    I hope this clarify's the problem for you.  I have seen other instances of similar problems but haven't seen a good solution yet.


    William Fearn
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 3:39 PM
  • To answer one of your points the mapped drive on the Windows XP mode PC does show up under the Network Drive category and uses the drive letter S:. It is a legitimate drive mapping.  Something else is going on. I have done some further research and have found the following cause. The mapped drive itself does not cause the problem.   The problem occurs when I create a shortcut to an executable in the mapped network drive on the Windows XP mode PC and then put the shortcut into the All Users/Start Menu folder and then reboot the XP mode PC. Then the disconnected network drive message appears.  The creation of the shortcut is not the problem but putting it in the All Users\Start Menu does. When I remove the shortcut from the All Users\Start Menu folder and reboot, the problem goes away.  I need to get the shortcut published to the Win 7 PC so that it shows up in the Windows XP Mode Applications folder.

    The method I described is the only way I know how to get the application published.  I also know that Microsoft has described this method of publishing an application that does not use an installation program as being the preferred method to publish such applications from the XP mode PC to the host Win 7 PC.

    I hope this clarify's the problem for you.  I have seen other instances of similar problems but haven't seen a good solution yet.


    William Fearn

    Vegaspines: Were you ever able to find a solution to the problem you described above?

    I have a computer that has the exact same issue and your post seems to be the only description of the exact problem I am experiencing.  I have come up with a temporary work around to the issue by removing the application shortcut from from the All Users\Start Menu entry and creating a logon script that inserts the application entries into the appropriate spots in the registry but if there is a real fix to the issue then it would be great to eliminate these extra steps.

    • Marked as answer by Vegaspines Wednesday, March 7, 2012 10:51 PM
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:03 PM
  • I had a similar issue with a virtual XP computer connected to SBS 2011.  I solved issue by removing the network adapter from the Virtual.  I then restarted virtual installed network adapter and remapped drive.

    Hope this helps.

    Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:36 AM
  • I ended up opening a support case with Microsoft.  They took a long look at it and even escalated the problem.  They ended up reporting that the method I was trying to use was unsupported.  What a disappointment.

    William Fearn

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:45 PM
  • Should I restart my computer and try to get a help for a virtual agent
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:31 AM
  • Thank's will try
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:33 AM