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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Map and Disconnect Network Drive

Learn how to remove Map and Disconnect Network Drive in Windows 7.

Prevents users from using Windows Explorer or Network Locations to map or disconnect network drives.

If you enable this setting, the system removes the Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive commands from the toolbar and Tools menus in Windows Explorer and Network Locations and from menus that appear when you right-click the Windows Explorer or Network Locations icons.

This setting does not prevent users from connecting to another computer by typing the name of a shared folder in the Run dialog box.

Note: This setting was documented incorrectly on the Explain tab in Group Policy for Windows 2000. The Explain tab states incorrectly that this setting prevents users from connecting and disconnecting drives.

Note: It is a requirement for third-party applications with Windows 2000 or later certification to adhere to this setting.

Remove “Map Network Drive” and “Disconnect Network Drive”

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Remove “Map Network Drive” and “Disconnect Network Drive” in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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