This article from Partition Wizard provides you with 6 ways to fix the “could not reconnect all network drives in windows 10/11” issue and disable the warning message. These methods have helped thousands of users.

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Could Not Reconnect All Network Drives Windows 10

Have you ever been notified with this warning message when you boot up your computer? if so, do you know what it means and how to fix this issue? Or, how to disable this kind of reminding?

About Network Drive Reconnection Failure

“Could not reconnect all network drives” just indicates that the network drives that you mapped before can’t be connected to your machine. If you go to Windows Explorer, you will see a red X icon on the mapped network hard drive icon. And, when you run the net use command in a command prompt, the mapped network disks will be displayed as Unavailable.

Unconnected Network Drive in Windows Explorer

Then, how to fix the “could not reconnect all network drives” problem? It is recommended to try the following methods.

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Solution 1. Disconnect Network Drive

To fix the issue, you can disconnect all the network drives. Just right-click on a target network drive in Windows Explorer and select Disconnect.

Disconnect Network Drive Method 1

Or, double-click This PC on desktop and click Computer on the top menu of the pop-up window. In the drop-down toolbar, click Map network drive and choose Disconnect network drive.

Disconnect Network Drive Method 2

Solution 2. Force Windows “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon”

When you start up your PC, the policy that maps your hard disks should be initiated and completed before you log into the operating system. If there isn’t active connectivity by that moment, the network drives can’t be loaded before you completely log into the system. So, the above error message appears.

To solve the problem, you can set up a local group policy to make Windows wait for the connection before enabling the mapping process.

Step 1. Search “edit group policy” in Windows; find and open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. In the Editor window, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.

Step 3. Find and right-click on “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon”, then choose Edit.

Edit “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon”

Step 4. In the pop-up window, select Enabled and save the changes by clicking Apply. Click OK to exit.

Enable “Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon”

Step 5. Finally, reboot your computer.

Solution 3. Disable the Notification at Windows Startup

For could not reconnect all network drives disable message Windows 10/11, you can set it in Windows Registry Editor.

Step 1. Key in regedit in Windows Run box and click OK to trigger the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlNetworkProvider.

Step 3. Find and double-click RestoreConnection on the right section of the window. Set the RestoreConnection value data to “0” to turn off the mapped network drive message. Click OK to save changes.

Set RestoreConnection to 0

Note: If there isn’t RestoreConnection file on the right area, right-click NetworkProvider folder on the left panel and select New > DWORD Value. Then, name the new file with “RestoreConnection”.

Create New DWORD Value in Registry Editor

Step 4. Finally, Restart your machine.

Solution 4. Command Script Fixes from Microsoft Support

Way 1. Create a Startup Log File

Tip: Make sure there is a network connection during the operations. 

Step 1. Write the below script in a notepad and save it as say NetworkDriveMap.cmd.

PowerShell -Command “Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser Unrestricted” >> “%TEMP%StartupLog.txt” 2>&1 

PowerShell -File “%SystemDrive%ScriptsMapDrives.ps1” >> “%TEMP%StartupLog.txt” 2>&1

Step 2. Put the notepad file NetworkDriveMap.cmd into this location: C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp.

Step 3. Copy and paste the following command into another notepad, save and name it as NetworkDriveMap.ps1.




    $MappedDrives = Get-SmbMapping |where -property Status -Value Unavailable -EQ | select LocalPath,RemotePath

    foreach( $MappedDrive in $MappedDrives)


        try {

            New-SmbMapping -LocalPath $MappedDrive.LocalPath -RemotePath $MappedDrive.RemotePath -Persistent $True

        } catch {

            Write-Host “There was an error mapping $MappedDrive.RemotePath to $MappedDrive.LocalPath”



    $i = $i – 1

    if($error.Count -eq 0 -Or $i -eq 0) {break}


    Start-Sleep -Seconds 30



Step 4. Copy NetworkDriveMap.ps1 file to %SystemDrive%Scripts.

Step 5. Then, a log file will be created in C:UsersqingAppDataLocalTemp.

Step 6. Restart your computer.

Way 2. Create a Scheduled Task

Step 1. Copy NetworkDriveMap.ps1 file to %SystemDrive%Scripts.

Step 2. Click Action and select Create Task in Task Scheduler.

Create Task in Task Scheduler

Step 3. In the Create Task window, in the General tab, specify a name and description for this task, and click OK.

Give Name and Description for the New Task

Step 4. Click Change User or Group in the above picture and the below window will pop up. Within the popup, click on the Object Types button and select Groups or Users in the new pop-up window. Then, click OK to save the selection and OK again to exit the below window. 

Select User or Group

Step 5. Move to the Triggers tab, click New. In the next window, choose At log on in Begin the task column.

Set up New Trigger

Step 6. Go to the Actions tab and choose New. Next, pick Start a program in the Action field; type Powershell.exe under Program/script; input below script behind Add arguments; and write the location (%SystemDrive%Scripts) of the script file behind Start in.

-windowsstyle hidden -command .MapDrives.ps1 >> %TEMP%StartupLog.txt 2>&1

Set up New Action

Step 7. On the Conditions tab, check Start only if the following network connection is available, and choose Any connection.

Specify Conditions in Create Task

Step 8. Finally, reboot your computer to run the scheduled task.

View more details on Microsoft Support.

If the network drive is mapped from an external disk, you can try to reconnect the external drive to make it recognized by its hold computer. therefore, the network connecting problem may be solved.

If the network drive is mapped from a hard disk in another computer and the machine is disconnected from the network, you can reconnect the PC with the network and make the physical disk in it accessible. Thus, on your own computer, the error message won’t appear.

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Solution 6. Remap Network Drive

Sometimes, you can’t reach the mapped network drive for it is no longer available. The possible causes are either the physical hard disk is removed from its original place, or its owner has stopped sharing it with others. Anyhow, if it is possible, you can reconnect it physical disk to the original location and with the same network address, or ask its owner to reshare it with you.

Restoring Network Connections Error

Most people can solve their issues by one of the above methods. If you have other fixes that can handle the “Windows 10/11 could not reconnect all network drives” message, please feel free and be kind to share them with our readers in the below comment zone.

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