The Microsoft Windows XP operating system can not only share directories of information over a network, but also "map" shared folders so that they appear as another drive to the user rather than as just a network share. If you frequently require access to network shares, and have to enter credentials each time you access the shares, create a "mapped" network drive to the network share that remembers account credentials so that you do not have to authenticate each time you connect to the share.
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Click the "Start" button on the Windows XP Taskbar and then click "My Computer." Note the displayed drive letters that are assigned to a drive in the "My Computer" window that appears.
Click "Start" then "Run" in the menu that appears. Type "cmd" in the Run box and press the "Enter" key.
Type "net use u: \path_to_share /persistent:yes /savecred" except replace the "path_to_share" with the actual path of the share to which you are connecting, and replace the "u:" with a drive letter that is not in use, followed by a colon. Press the "Enter" key.
Type the username and password, when prompted, of an account that has permissions to access the network share, and press the "Enter" key.
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