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How To Map Network Drives On Windows 10, That Live On Older Versions Of Windows

Do you have an older server, maybe with an attached 3TB drive OR LARGER, that
you'd like to do backups to, or store images on? How frustrating is it, when you
discover your new Windows 10 laptop doesn't like mapping drives to older
versions of Windows? Well grouse no longer friends. Here's how to make it so you
can map to those drives just like before.

First, copy and paste the commands below, separately into a Windows PowerShell
instance that's been OPENED AS AN ADMINISTRATOR. Each command begins with "sc.exe". Press Enter after pasting in each one. (Hint: copy each command string, then left-click to focus on the PowerShell window, then right-click to paste, then press Enter).

Command #1
sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/mrxsmb20/nsi
Command #2
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= auto

Now, just type "exit" to close the PowerShell window.

Next, on your Windows 10 machine, copy and paste the following into a text file EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS below. The file should have a "reg" extension instead of "txt". After pasting in this text, and saving the file, just double-click on it to run it. Answer "Yes" to the scary dialog box that come up.

=== Text to paste, starts below ===
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Paramete
rs]
"EnablePlainTextPassword"=dword:00000000
"EnableSecuritySignature"=dword:00000000
"RequireSecuritySignature"=dword:00000000
"ServiceDll"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,\
00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,\
77,00,6b,00,73,00,73,00,76,00,63,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ServiceDllUnloadOnStop"=dword:00000001
"AllowInsecureGuestAuth"=dword:00000000
=== Text to paste, ends above ===

Finally, Restart your Windows 10 computer.

That's it. You should now be able to map a drive on your Windows 10 laptop,
that's on a computer on your network with an older version of Windows, even
Windows XP.

Let me know how you make out in the comments.


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