Windows 10: Unable to connect to mapped drives

  1.    12 Jan 2016 #1

    Unable to connect to mapped drives

    Well, not exactly. I have NAS drives and mapped them just like I did on my Windows 7 laptop. It all works fine and the NAS drives show up just fine in network link too. Everything is Ethernet connected. But I see anomalies. If I reboot my machine, or even turn it off and switch it back on fairly soon after then I occasionally get a message about one of the drives being unable to connect. So I then go to 'this pc' and see a Red Cross through one of the drives. If I double click it then it either connects instantly or I will get the green bar filling for about 20-30 secs before it connects. I only have to do it once as after that access is instant every time I go to it. Now this doesn't happen all the time and it never happens if I turn the machine off and start it up after leaving it alone for an extended period. It just seems to be more likely after doing a restart or turning back on within minutes of it last being on.

    but I do also notice that when I am in outlook and someone sends me a file (such as jpg pic) that I want to save to my NAS drives. I will click the attachment and select ' save as' and navigate to one of the NAS drives and it will not browse its contents straight away, you can kind of see it trying to open up and eventually after a few seconds it suddenly responds. And again it only occurs once, subsequent navigations all react instantly , for example I go into a second attachment to save down. It's hard to explain but I am inclined to think Windows 10 is just plain buggy . It's not as if the networking is a complete fail. It works but it's just unpredictable. My other Windows 7 machine (which I will never ever let Windows 10 get into it) behaves flawlessly with the NAS drives. They are always live and instantly accessible to it regardless of whether the machine has recently been on or restarted.

    I dont think there are really any answers here as it's just seemingly a Windows 10 'thing' and maybe in future builds things will get better. I just wanted to share my observations in case anyone else is tearing their hair out over things like this. Sometimes it's re assuring to know your not alone!

    cheers, Wayne
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       12 Jan 2016 #2

    10 is not buggy. Just that you have to treat it like a new car, and not go overboard on making a bunch of huge changes, that can cause any OS to break.

    Unless you are physically running Windows 10, there is really nothing that we cannot answer, that has already been stated in various threads on this site. If you are having issues with Windows 7, I suggest that you go to
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  3.    13 Jan 2016 #3

    Thanks for responding. Unfortunately I would say 10 is quite buggy (no OS is totally bug free). The high level of posts shows that. We fired up my mother in laws laptop running 10 to test and observed similar behaviour. The fact that 2 machines running Windows 7 and an older laptop (now sold) running vista doesn't do this points at Windows 10 being the issue. Also we have iOS devices/media servers/tv streaming boxes whilst all different OS but none of them displaying this intermittent access issue to the NAS shares it again singles out 10.

    Cheers for the pointer on Windows 7 but no need to suggest, I have no issues with 7, it's a great OS. Just mentioned 7 as a comparison.

    cheers, Wayne
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