How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 10

November 2, 2017 updated by Admin Leave a reply »

If you need to frequently access a shared folder that is stored on a networked PC, it’s necessary to map a drive letter to that shared folder to make it easier to access. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps of mapping a network drive in Windows 10.

How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows key + E shortcut to open a File Explorer window.
  2. Click This PC from the left navigation pane. Select the Computer tab at the top and then click the Map network drive button.

  3. Click the Drive drop-down menu and choose the drive letter you want to assign, then enter the address of the shared folder to which you want to map the drive and click Finish.

  4. When the Windows Security dialog box appears, type the username and password of the computer that is sharing the folder you want to map. Note: If you keep getting the error message “username or password is incorrect“, try to give the username as “ip_address\username“.

  5. After mapping, the network drive will show up in File Explorer. You can click that drive to access the shared folder as though it were a local drive.

    If you want to remove mapped network drive, just right-click on it and select Disconnect.

If you’re running Windows Server Core without a GUI, you can map a network drive using the command line. Just type the following command, where Z: is the drive letter you want to assign to the shared folder. The persistent switch can make the mapped drive persist over reboots.

net use Z: \\remotepc\sharename /persistent:yes

Once pressing Enter, it will prompt you to enter the credentials of an account authorized to access the shared folder.

You can later delete a mapped network drive by typing in the command below.

net use Z: /delete

That’s all there is to it. If you have any problems mapping a network drive in Windows 10, post a comment. Enjoy!