Mapped drives lose login info after reboot/logout
Posted on 2008-11-05
More an annoyance than anything... I have a customer running WinXP Home on a workstation. She has two mapped drives - F and H - and connect to shared folders on the office "server" (i.e., beefed up PC running Vista Biz). Oddly, she can open/utilize the H-drive w/o a problem, but when she tries to connect to the F-drive, she is prompted for login info. Her user name is already listed in the box, and she uses "no"/"blank" password. In other words, here, she just hits OK, and she connects to the folder.
The annoyance is, if she forgets to run through this login procedure when first booting, or after logging out/in Windows, apps like Word and Excel throw an error when trying to access the mapped drive. Logging into the drive first, allows apps to use them normally.
My quandry is...where is this login prompt coming from? The "server"'s shared folder setup, or from the workstation mapping the drive? Why does H work w/o the prompt, but F prompts? Is this a Home vs. Pro thing?
Thanks very much, in advance, for any suggestions. As they are a distance away, and I'm not due back there for a few days, I won't be able to try solutions right away. When I get on-site again, I will take and try all solutions and report back as to what worked. Thanks much for your help and patience!