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OFF: Drive Letters Automatically Map to Network Drives

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Microsoft Windows Explorer for Microsoft Windows NT maps network driveletters to network shares even though you did not map any drives.
This behavior occurs in two cases.

Case 1

Network drives are mapped to network shares if both of the followingconditions are true:

  • You perform a search in either the Open dialog box or the Advanced Find dialog box in any Microsoft Office 97 program. -and-

  • The drive you search contains shortcuts that specify a target location that uses a network drive letter instead of a universal naming convention (UNC) path (for example, \\Server\Share).

Case 2

This behavior also occurs when both of the following conditions are true:
  • Find Fast is installed in your Startup group. -and-

  • You index a drive that contains shortcuts that specify a target location that uses a network drive letter instead of a UNC path.
Under Microsoft Windows NT, when a shortcut with a target path thatcontains a drive letter is resolved, Windows NT maps the shortcut to alogical drive.

This is system behavior that occurs under Microsoft Windows NT version 4.0.This behavior is exposed when you perform a search against drives thatcontain shortcuts that point to a target drive is a static drive letter.For example, a shortcut to a Microsoft Word document that uses thefollowing target
where <drive> is a network server, maps a new drive to the server using thenext available drive letter in Windows Explorer.

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server version 4.0 shortcutsattempt to embed a UNC path, for example, \\<machine>\admin$, for the .lnkfile.

For more information about shortcuts under Windows NT 4.0, please see thefollowing article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
158682 Shortcuts Created Under NT 4.0 Resolve to UNC Paths
To work around this problem, use the following appropriate methods.

Method 1: Install Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3

For information about obtaining and installing this service pack, pleasesee the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain Windows NT Versiom 4.0 U.S. Service Pack

Method 2: Avoid Searching Folders That Contain Shortcuts

Because Windows NT maps a network drive for each shortcut with a targetdrive that uses a drive letter, narrow your search to include only thosefolders that do not contain shortcuts to documents located on networkdrives.

Shortcut file names contain the .lnk file name extension. As analternative, consider moving .lnk files to a different folder before youindex or search.

Method 3: Change Shortcut Target Locations to UNC Paths

In the Properties dialog box for each shortcut, change the Target for theshortcut from a static drive letter to a UNC path. For example, change
   \\<Server\<Shared Folder>				
where <Server> is the name of the computer or server and <Shared Folder> isthe shared folder on that drive.

Method 4: Disable Microsoft Find Fast

Disabling Find Fast may help to minimize this problem. However, this methoddoes not resolve the behavior and may not work in every situation.Microsoft does not recommend disabling Find Fast if you are administering aMicrosoft Windows NT server.

NOTE: If you are running Microsoft Windows NT Server and install theSrvpack on the Microsoft Office 97 compact disc, removing Find Fastdisables several features, including the Web search features. See theWebadhlp.htm file in the Srvpack folder on your Office 97 compact disc formore information.

For information about removing Find Fast, please see the following articlein the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
158705 How to Disable the Find Fast Indexer
Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information herein the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
More information
The Find Fast program builds indexes to speed up finding documents from theOpen and Advanced Find dialog boxes in Microsoft Office programs. Find Fastis installed by the Microsoft Office Setup program as an Office Toolscomponent. Setup automatically creates an index for all of your Officedocuments on each local drive on the computer.
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Article ID: 150604 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 15:52:44 - Revision: 1.0

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