Need help with a Windows shared folder on an iMac

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I have installed a new iMac in a Windows peer-to-peer network. We're using a Windows 7 Pro box as our "server". We have a shared folder on the Windows 7 Pro server. I've put a shortcut of that shared folder on the iMac desktop and it works fine for a few hours...after that it drops off and then wont open up the share. If I reboot the iMac the shared folder on the iMac desktop works fine again. Is there any way to keep this shortcut on the iMac from dropping off? Thanks.
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Make sure network discovery and file sharing are turned on in windows 7
Right-click the Network icon in the taskbar notification area.
 Open Network and Sharing Center.
From the Left Panel  open the Advanced Sharing Settings.
It's the first in the list
Do you have hibernate on, or standby or turn off hard discs enabled after so many minutes?
or this network adapter is turned off by windows  is enabled?
r/click my computer properties device manager>network adapter >properties>power management
 
"If I reboot the iMac the shared folder on the iMac desktop works fine again."That statement eliminates the need to inspect the power management or sharing settings.
The problem is either with the Computer Browser service or with network persistence settings.  Contrary to populat belief, the Browser service is used to see if there is another Browse Master on the network and to then elect the system to that role if none is found.  It does not affect browsing the network which is handled by the Workstation service.  Disable the Computer Browser service on all of the PC's except the "server", reboot everybody, and see if it doesn't affect the issue.

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll give these ideas a try and let you know.

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Thanks Merete. Your solution (is this network adapter is turned off by windows  is enabled?
r/click my computer properties device manager>network adapter >properties>power management) seems to have fixed this problem. Much appreciated.
Excellent
 glad to know it was that simple runmonkey
thankyou
regards Merete

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