How to Get Windows XP to Remember a Network Drive Password

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How to Get Windows XP to Remember a Network Drive Password
Mapped network drives help avoid frustration and lost time due to incorrect passwords. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" then "Run" in the menu that appears. Type "cmd" in the Run box and press the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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