Can't get Windows XP Home to hold a mapped network drive/share on a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit machine

I have tried endlessly to use the 'NET USE' syntax to get a Windows XP Home system to keep & hold a mapped network drive share on a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit system and nothing I have tried or found on ANY blog has worked. I can map the network drive by going throught the normal right click on 'My Computer' and then provide a drive letter designation with the proper path and have been very successful using the 'Connect using a different user name' feature. However, even with the box checked to reconnect at logon the function is WORTHLESS!!!! I have made a multitude of attempts to use the Net Use syntax to create a batch file to overcome this gross non-functional application. I would really appreciate someone who has actually got this problem solved and working. I have looked at all of the Windows files on the XP machine, searched the registry as to a possible switch that could make the necessary changes and have made all of the necessary changes on the Windows 7 system to accept the mapped network share. HELP!!!


Since you have a Network with different OS' I hope that Win 7 is configured to Run on asWork Network.

If evry thing is correctly configured it can  be an issue of how your Router keeps Network info. Using Staic DHCP or Static IPs on the computers might help to resolve the problem.

Just in case you need to reconfigure your Network.


Win7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network has three types of Sharing configurations.

HomeGroup Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network sharing.

 Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.

 Public Sharing
= Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security risks.

 For best results log to each computer's System Screen and set all the computers to be on a Network with the same name while each computer has its own unique name.

Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party Firewall instructions

General example,

Please Note that some 3rd party Software Firewalls keep blocking aspects of Local Traffic even it they are turned Off (disabled). If possible configure the Firewall correctly, or totally uninstall it to allow clean flow of local network traffic. If the 3rd party software is uninstalled or disables, make sure that Windows native Firewall isOn .

Since you have a Network with Win 7 and other version of Windows you need to configure Win 7 as Work Network.

In the Network Center, clicking on the Network type opens the window to the right.

Choose your type of Network. Notice the check mark at the bottom, and check/uncheck it according to your needs.

Win 7 -

Win 7  Work Network specific folder sharing -

Vista File and Printer Sharing-

Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040

Printer Sharing XP -

Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -

Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -

When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all the hardware including the Router and all computers involved.

*Note. Some of the processes described above are done Not for Windows sake but to compensate for different Routers and the way their firmware works and stores the info about the computers that are Networked.



Jack MVP-Networking. EZLAN.NET
Jack MVP, Microsoft Windows Desktop Experience-Networking.

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Last updated March 26, 2018 Views 1,096 Applies to: