Fix: Mapped drive shows as disconnected, but works fine if you click.

Mapped network drive is showed as disconnected/not working. But when you click on it, it works fine.

This behaviour is not wanted, because it might confuse an end-user. He/she might think it’s broken and doesn’t work.
I have gotten quite a few calls from customers about this issue.

I have worked with a few programs, that “breaks” if this bug occur.
The program might use a database on a server on the network. If the program finds the database via the network drive, it might not be able to see the database, if the drive looks disconnected.

How to fix

Step 1. Open Group Policy Management.
It has to be on your domain controller or a pc with RSAT.

Step 2. Create or edit a GPO.
Obviously the GPO needs to hit your affected computers.
Most often I just deploy it to all client computers.

Step 3. Navigate to:
Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

Step 4. Find the setting named:
Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

Step 5. The setting need to be Enabled.

Step 6. Done.

The following settings have to be made on the affected computer.

Step 1. Click windows + R to open run.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc and click ok.

Step 3. Navigate to:
Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

Step 4. Find the setting named:
Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

Step 5. The setting need to be Enabled.

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