How To Make Elevated Programs See Mapped Network Drives

Quite frequently applications will need to be ran as administrator or with elevated rights. When you do this you loose access to network drives within that application due to UAC (User Access Control). This is a security feature that stops you accessing drives mapped by another user account. Now how to make elevated programs see mapped network drives.

To Resolve the issue bring up the run dialogue box Windows Key + R and type in regedit

ResolvingIT Run Dialogue Regedit

  • Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Right click on System and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value and Name it EnableLinkedConnections
  • Right click on the newly Created DWORD and Select Modify. Enter 1 in the value data field.

ResolvingIT Registry Editor EnableLinkedConnections

  • Restart your computer and you will now have access to network drives while running a program with elevated permissions.

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