Friday, February 11, 2011

How To Disconnect from a Network Share on Windows

My wife's employer issued her an Asus Eee PC 1005P Netbook. She rarely needs to use it, so that it's usually turned off. But, whenever it is turned on, I encounter new system administration problems. The latest problem was with network shares.

Windows 7 Starter, which is the OS installed on this netbook, doesn't seem to allow access to multiple network shares, with different credentials. One has to disconnect from the currently connected network share before connecting to another one.

Disconnecting from a network share that's been mapped as a network drive is easy enough (the menu item to look for starts with 'Disconnect' ...) - but there's no obvious way to disconnect from a network share that has not been mapped as a network drive.

I found a solution on this forum thread - run the following command in a command window:
net use \\MACHINE\share /d
where you should replace \\MACHINE\share with the path of the network share you want to disconnect from.

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