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Saved network connections should automatically reconnect the first time you try to use them. There should be no need to do anything special.

When I boot XP, saved network connections are listed, but are not automatically reattached; how can I force it?

Well, first use should transparently make the reconnection. You could force that with a batchfile on startup that does a DIR on each directory, but that really shouldn't be necessary.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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November 5, 2004 8:42 AM

I'm having this same problem with Windows XP. This is one of the shortcuts XP took so that it can boot up faster than Windows 2000. It waits for the user to interact with the network resource before it tries to connect to it.

The problem is, of course, that if the users forget to browse/touch/interact with said network-mapped drives, and try to run an application shortcut to a resource on those drives - nothing happens and they get frustrated.

I have done some reasearch and found where you are "supposedly able" to use gpedit.msc to set this certain policy to the Windows 2000 'rule.' However, this didn't work.

I'm 'ok' with using a batch file for this purpose, though I would really like to know if it is possible to use the group policy editor in XP to fix this problem the right way.

August 3, 2006 2:19 PM

hi leo!

got a network connection problem whit a startup. When i boot my comp, it takes about 3 min to start normal working on connect to internet. When i came to windows i just cant connect to internet, but i must wait Lan to loads...and that takes a loot of time.. i got a very nice comp(amd 3000+939, 2GB of ram(400mhz), on). Why dont the drivers for network loads fast?

see ya

August 20, 2008 4:17 AM

Hi Primzo, First you should check some services that are started and some settings need to be fixed MSCONFIG. there you can check strtup files and softwares which are running, from there you can disable unusable services.

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