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    How to stop "could not connect to all network drives" at startup?

    Greetings:

    I'm running Win 8.1 (64) and have three mapped drives from an HP MediaSmart file server that I connect to at startup.
    (BTW, this issue is also evident on Windows 7 desktops.) The connection is Cat6 Ethernet cable.

    At startup, I always see a popup message reading "Could not connect to all network drives" even though the drives are available. Once I load my Windows Explorer substitute (Directory Opus 10), I can select those network drives to display files & folders and the connection is there.

    I'm suspecting a timing issue during Windows startup and would like to either have Windows repeat the connection attempt a few times, or delay it for a few seconds and make that darned message go away.

    Ideas?

    Help is very much appreciated.

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    I get this on my Win 7 but it's because I have a wireless connected Epson printer that has a card reader and is assigned as Drive Z.

    It only appears when the printer is switched off and not when the printer is switched on before the laptop.

    Do you have any similar items ?

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    I get that now and then when the drivers have not yet fully loaded, wait a short while and all is good.

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    Maybe I should expand on the original post a bit.
    I see this on both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 systems.
    All systems are connected to a hub via ethernet cable; nothing is wireless. That includes the file server which is on 24/7.
    I believe Berton is correct to imply that something has not fully loaded. When, after bootup, I manually select the mapped drive icon in Directory Opus (or Windows Explorer), the connection is restored.
    My issue is that the annoying message appears EVERY time I restart a system. And I was hoping I could do a registry hack or something similar to either restore that connection quicker or have Windows attempt the connection several times before popping up the message.

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    A posting on sevenforums.com says that a simple registry addition can prevent the error message appearing: Windows 7: A Solution to Could not reconnect all network drives

    See "RestoreConnection = 0" at Step 4.

    Bruce

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    Rather than using a Network Hub I'd try a Network Switch. I have a Wireless DSL device plugged into a Router with an 8-port Switch plugged into the Router, gives me a total of 11 Wired devices in additional to the wireless connections.

    http://www.blackbox.com/resources/bl...px?id=bbe_4170

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    On the Win 7 machine have you gone Start - Computer and checked to see if any drives are listed with a big red X ?

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