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Connect to network drive timeout Windows 7

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I have a work laptop computer that is mapped to 8 network drives. I can't change that, it's set by IT.

Problem is when I boot when not connected to the network, it takes about 30 seconds for W7 to give up looking for a network drive. That's 8 drives 30 secs each or about 4 minutes of wasted boot time.

How can I set it to give up (timeout) faster? 10 sec? I've googled high and low for an answer and it doesn't look like there is a setting for that. Is there?

Thanks in advance,

swjtx99
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Mapped drives are a nuisance if you use your work PC offline, even if it is reasonably quick, because of the red Xs and annoying messages. I delete all the mapped drives using a local logoff script before I take my laptop out of the office. So when I boot at home or wherever, it goes straight to desktop, no attempts to login to network shares that aren't there. I have another script to remap everything if I connect remotely like with VPN. And when you're back in the office, your domain Group Policy scripts will automatically log you on as usual.

Next step is copy the network mappings, these are useful to know in any case.

First manually disconnect from all your network drives. This will clear out remembered connections. Logout & Login again just to make sure your domain script is doing the right thing. The logoff script is a simple VBScript you can have on your desktop or local group policy logoff, just copy to a text file, save as say DeMap.vbs, run it to disconnect the drives (it takes about 5 seconds to disconnect everything), then you are ready to shutdown and take your laptop home.
ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
Set oNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Set clDrives = oNetwork.EnumNetworkDrives
For i = 0 to clDrives.Count -1 Step 2
    oNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive clDrives.Item(i), True, True
Next 
set oNetwork = Nothing
wscript.quit

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And setup another script, say ReMap.vbs as follows, to re-map the shares after connecting to your network via VPN
ON ERROR RESUME NEXT
Set oNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
oNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "X:", "\\SERVER\SHAREX",True
oNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "Y:", "\\SERVER\SHAREY",True
oNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "Z:", "\\SERVER\SHAREZ",True

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Hope that helps
...Terry
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This works perfectly. Also good to have a quick method for adding back network drives that (for whatever reason) get lost.

Thanks!
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