Windows – An error occurred while connecting [drive] to [share]. The local device name is already in use

network-shareswindows 8

I map a network drive from a PC (workstation) to another PC (server), that is always on.

When my workstation sleeps and comes out of sleep, I get this error message:

An error occurred while connecting [drive] to [share]. The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored.

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I get one of those for each explorer window I had open pointing to the network drive.

If I go click the network drive in My Computer, type G: in explorer or really do anything to access the network drive, everything works great again.

How can I avoid this happening?

Both PC's are Windows 8.

Best Answer

  • I found that by starting the Computer Browser service, the drives came back:

    net start "Computer Browser"
    

    Another way to fix it is to go browse to \\server (to re-establish the connection), then the drives should work again.

    Windows also disconnects server connections after a timeout. If you run this command, it should never drop idle server connections:

    NET CONFIG SERVER /AUTODISCONNECT:-1
    

    Another solution could be

    Start > Run > type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) click ok.
    
    Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon > Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon
    
    set this to Enable then reboot.
    
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