Fix Mapped Network Drive Not Showing in Windows

By Dominic Chooper on June 24, 2023

Like most users, you may also face the inconvenience of a mapped network drive not showing on your PC. You will not be able to share data, which is quite annoying and frustrating.

However, there is nothing to worry because there are a couple of easy fixes to this issue. If you do not know them, this article will have everything covered. Continue reading.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Are Network Drives Not Showing in Windows?

More often than not, a mapped network drive may not be visible on Windows PC due to some faulty settings in the System key in the Registry Editor.

Also, the SMB or Server Message Block, especially SMB2 protocol may not be installed or may be disabled to cause this issue.

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In addition, there are some other reasons for a mapped network drive to be invisible in a Windows computer system. These are:

The reasons may be many but the fixes are a few, as you will see when you continue reading.

Ways to Fix Mapped Network Drive Not Showing in Windows

Fix Mapped Network Drive Not Showing in Windows

The easiest and most common way to fix the issue of a mapped network drive not showing in Windows is by updating Windows and all drivers.

And, just like all other issues with network, troubleshooting networks may also help in such specific situations.

There are also a few other easy and not-so-easy fixes to this solution. These are:

If these solutions do not work, here are some more effective fixes that will make the mapped network drive visible on your computer again.

Method 1: Make Changes in the Registry Editor

The value of the System key in the Registry Editor may not be set properly. You will need to change it to resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

In the registry Editor window, click on the small arrow beside each of these following folders in the exact order to expand:

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Selecting DWORD

Renaming the key exactly as EnableLinkedConnection

(Alternatively, you can right-click on the New Value # 1, select Rename and then do the same.)

Changing the Value data to 1

Restart your computer and check whether the mapped network drive is showing on your PC now. If it is not, follow the next solution.

Method 2: Enable the SMB Protocol

The Server Message Block or SMB protocol must be enabled to show the mapped network drive in Windows.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

To enable the SMB2 protocol, open Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the options you get after right-clicking on the Start menu.

When the window opens, you will need to run two specific commands one after the other.

First, run the command Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB2Protocol and hit Enter.

Running the command Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB2Protocol

This will check whether or not the SMB2 protocol can be installed on your PC.

If it can be installed, you will need to run the second command Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $true and Type Y for confirming that you want to perform this action and then hit Enter.

Running the second command Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $true

This will install and enable the SMB2 protocol on your PC.

As for the other SMB protocol, go to the search box next to the Start menu and type in programs and features.

Clicking on the option Turn Windows features on or off

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Clicking on the small square next to SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support

When the process is complete, restart your computer and check whether or not the issue has been resolved.

Now, restart your system and check whether the issue still persists.

Method 3: Change Proxy Settings

Changes in the proxy settings in Network and Internet will also resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Selecting Internet Protocol Version 4

Clicking on ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically.’

Restart your PC and find your issue resolved.

Conclusion

So, with these easy steps you can resolve the issue of a mapped network drive not showing in your PC successfully.