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Network drives going offline, but showing online – Windows 7 (64-bit, SP1)

by on Dec.30, 2013, under Techie

I ran into a problem after reloading my new SSD and directly mapping my Documents, Videos, Music, etc. to my unRAID network shares. The share where these folders are is listed as “Always available offline” so I can ensure I have a local cache in case of a network or unRAID failure. The They would show online everywhere EXCEPT when I was playing a game (Bioshock 2 in this case) that put it’s save files in Documents\…\… it would error as it had trouble creating the save or reading current saves. I would also see issues with GameSave Manager when it would try to backup my saves, but if I would click on “Open Archives” and then scroll down to where my Computer listed all my network drives I would see the red X next to them and simply clicking on them would make it all work again.

So far most articles I fine relate to Windows 7 using a DFS network share, but in my case it’s a stand-alone network. I am testing the below Solutions (#2) that I found at

Option 2 Configure Forced silent auto reconnection

1. Click Start, type REGEDIT in search bar, and then click OK.

2. Locate and click the following registry subkey:

3. Click Edit, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

4. Type SilentForcedAutoReconnect, and then press ENTER to name the value.

5. Double-click SilentForcedAutoReconnect.

6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

Will see if this helps or not.

NOTE: In my Network Adapter settings I have all options that are default enable. I also removed IPv6 support though since my LAN doesn’t need IPv6.

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