How to Fix Windows 8 Connecting to Network Drives Issue

With Windows 8 Enterprise, there is a common issue that I’ve been experiencing.  If you are unable to connect or browse a UNC or mapped network drive, then you may want to try this fix. This will show you how to fix windows 8 network drive issues on enterprise edition.  I believe the issue is with the local group policy and authentication protocols.

  1. From the run command line (windows key + r) type gpedit.msc
  2. Now browse this path… Local Computer Policy > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  3. Now Enablethe following Policies.
    1. Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (always)
    2. Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (if server agrees)
    3. Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (if client agrees)

You should now be able to connect and browse the network drives on your windows 8 machine.

Also, remember to log off/restart the computer before confirming the fix.

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  1. Mark Anderson says:

    Thanks, This saved my bacon!

  2. ronald says:

    I followed your instruction, but when you log-in as a regular user account the map drive doesn’t show, only power user/admin. I have Windows 2003 server and this should not be the problem, right?

  3. Rizwan-ud Dean says:

    Alternatively you could also type the following into Powershell:

    Set-SmbClientConfiguration -RequireSecuritySignature $true

    When prompted after hitting the key, press “Y” and reboot the machine to completely apply the changes.

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