Recently, I installed a new NAS (Network Attached Storage) unit to my home network. On my Windows 7 machine, I mapped a few drive letters to the new NAS and configured my backup systems to also copy to this unit while performing backups. When I mapped the drive letters, I told Windows to remember my credentials. However, every time I restarted the computer, Windows would lose my credentials causing me to re-enter them every time I restarted. On days like yesterday, I forgot to re-enter my credentials which resulted in last night’s backup to this unit to fail saying that the media was unavailable. I tried everything I found on the interwebs that claimed to help. Pretty much everything I came across said to disconnect the mapped drives and remap them while verifying that I checked the “remember my credentials” checkbox. I can’t tell you how many times I tried this, but every time failed and then eureka! I finally found a solution and want to now share it with anyone else that might be experiencing the same thing.
To make sure Windows actually remembers your credentials and remaps your network drives after reboot, open Control Panel and go to User Accounts. On the left, click on “Manage your credentials“. On the right-side, click on “Add a windows credential“. Enter the name or IP address of your mapped network drive, enter your username & password, and click the “OK” button. That’s it! Windows 7 will now remember your credentials and remap your network drive after you reboot. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. 🙂
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