If you need to frequently connect to a remote folder or a drive somewhere on your network, mapping the drive or the location on your Windows 11 PC will save you a big chunk of time. Plus, the entire experience of using a mapped network drive feels identical to using any other drive plugged into your PC.
If all of this sounds perfect to you, let’s quickly take a look at how you can map a network drive on Windows 11.
Before we begin with the steps, you need to make sure that Windows 11 is configured to find other PCs and devices on your network.
Configure Windows for Network drives
Click the Start button and type in ‘Control Panel’. Click on the search result or the open button.
Once inside Control Panel, click on ‘Network and Internet’.
Click on ‘Network and Sharing Center’.
Click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’.
Click on ‘Turn on network discovery’ and then click the ‘Save changes’ button. Accept any prompt that may appear.
After this change, your PC should be able to find your network folder or drive and be discoverable by other PCs and devices on your network.
It’s time to map the drive to your Windows 11 PC.
4 Ways to map a drive on Windows 11
Here are various methods to map a drive on Windows 11.
Method #01: Using File Explorer
Head over to ‘This PC’ by pressing the
Win key + e buttons. From the Quick Access window, click on the shortcut for ‘This PC’.
The next step is to click on the three-dot menu and from this list of options, select ‘Map a network drive’.
You should see a popup titled ‘Map Network Drive’. On this popup, select your preferred drive letter for the remote location, enter the URL of your network folder and click ‘Finish’. You can also click on the ‘Browse’ button and select the shared folder.
- If you want Windows to automatically reconnect to the network folder after boot, tick the ‘Reconnect at sign-in’ option.
- If you use a different set of login credentials to access your shared folder or drive than your PC, tick the ‘Connect using different credentials’ option. Windows should ask for the username and password when it attempts to connect to the remote location. Tick the ‘Remember my credentials’ to save your credentials, instead of entering them every time you connect.
After verifying the credentials, Windows should open the remote folder right away.
You should be able to find the newly added network location in your ‘This PC’ window.
That’s it! You have successfully mapped a network location to your Windows PC.
Method #02: Using CMD
You can also map a drive in Windows 11 via the CMD. Use the guide below to get you started.
Windows + S on your keyboard and search for CMD. Click on ‘Run as administrator’ once it shows up in your search results.
Enter the following command and press Enter on your keyboard. Replace ‘DLetter’ with the drive letter of your choice and replace ‘PATH’ with the path to the particular folder you wish to map.
net use DLetter: \\PATH /PERSISTENT: YES
The selected drive will now be mapped within Windows 11 and it should now show up in the File Explorer.
Method #03: Using PowerShell
Use the guide below to easily map a drive within PowerShell instead.
Windows + S on your keyboard and search for PowerShell. Click on ‘Run as administrator’ once it shows up in your search results.
Now type in the following command and press Enter on your keyboard to execute it. Replace DLetter with the assigned letter of the concerned drive and replace PATH with the path to the folder you wish to map.
New-PSDrive -Name "DLetter" -PSProvider "FileSystem" -Root "\\PATH" -Persist
The selected drive and location should now be mapped within Windows 11. Open the File Explorer and the drive should now appear within This PC.
How to find the path of a mapped network drive
You can easily get the full UNC path to your mapped network drive using one of the guides below. Follow the one that best suits your current needs to get you started.
Method #01: Using CMD
Windows + S on your keyboard and search for CMD. Click on run as administrator once it shows up in your search results.
Enter the following command and press Enter on your keyboard.
You will now get a list of all the network devices connected to your PC for the current user account. Your mapped network drive will also show up in this list, with its full UNC path mentioned on your screen.
Method #02: Using PowerShell
Windows + S on your keyboard and search for PowerShell. Click on ‘Run as administrator’.
Now enter the following command and press Enter on your keyboard to execute it.
Get-WmiObject Win32_NetworkConnection | ft "RemoteName","LocalName" -A
All the network drives currently accessible through your PC and user account should now be available on your screen with their UNC paths as well.
I am unable to map a network drive in Windows 11
There is a common registry fix that seems to get network drives working on almost every system no matter the issue that you are facing.
Map a drive first using any of the methods given above. When that is not working, use the registry editor fix given below.
In the guide below, we talk about creating a new registry value on your PC that should help you easily map network drives without any issues.
Windows + S on your keyboard and search for Regedit. Click and launch the app once it shows up in your results.
Navigate to the following path given below. You can also copy-paste the same in your address bar at the top.
Your drive should be listed under ‘network’ denoted by its drive letter. Click and select the drive letter folder and hit delete on your keyboard.
Click on ‘Ok’ to confirm your choice.
Navigate to the following path given below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Map Network Drive MRU
The registry values you find for mapped network drives in this location will be different depending on your system, configuration, and mapped drive. Find any string value associated with the previously mapped drive on your system and hit delete on your keyboard. Click on ‘Ok’ to confirm your choice and delete these values.
All previous registry values that could conflict with your current setup should now be removed. Simply restart your system and use one of the guides above to map a network drive to your system again.
Once done, launch registry editor again and navigate to the path given below. Replace DLetter with the drive letter of the drive you recently mapped to your PC.
Click and select the drive letter on your left and now right-click on the empty area on your right and select ‘New’.
Now select ‘DWORD (32-bit) value’.
Enter ‘ProviderFlags’ as the ‘Value Name’ and set the ‘Value data’ to ‘1’.
Click on ‘Ok’ now.
Restart your system for good measure.
And that’s it! The selected drive should now be mapped to your system without any issues.
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