What should I do if Windows cannot connect to all network drivers?
- Make Window wait for the connection before mapping network drivers.
- Connect the actual external driver.
- Disconnect network drive.
- Disable the ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’ message at start-up.
When you plug-in different external devices to your Windows 10 computer, or when your PC is connected to a specific network, you will receive different system notifications related to the network status or how the external devices are or aren’t recognized by your machine. Among these notifications, we have the alert that says: ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’.
While this default notification is there to let you know that some devices from your network cannot be currently used, it can be also a false positive. In this case, you should learn how to disable it. In the tutorial below, you will learn how to fix the problems related to this system notification in order to get the best Windows 10 experience.
SOLVED: Windows cannot connect to all network drivers
1. Make Window wait for the connection before mapping network drivers
Usually, when the ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’ message is displayed, the policy that maps your drivers is initiated and completed during the start-up process, so before you can log into the system. Basically, there is no active connectivity by that moment, meaning that the drivers cannot be loaded until you complete the Windows 10 log in sequence. Thus, in that case you have to configure a local group policy object that can force Windows to wait for the connection before enabling the mapping process; and here is how to do it:
- Press the Win+R keyboard hotkey for bringing the Run box on your computer.
- In that window type gpedit.msc and press Enter – the Group Policy Editor will be launched.
- From there navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration – > Administrative Templates – > System – > Logon.
- Next, just enable the ‘Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon’ group policy field.
- Apply these new settings and save your options.
- Reboot your Windows 10 system in the end.
2. Connect the actual external driver
If this notification is related to a driver that is currently disconnected from your computer, you only have to re-establish the actual connection. For example, if we’re talking about an external hard drive that’s currently not recognized by your PC and if the actual alert is caused by this specific external hardware, we should unplug and re-plug the USB cord. That should fix the system alert and also the network connection issue that was first reported by your Windows 10 system.
3. Disconnect network drive
Another way in which you can eliminate the ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’ alert is by disconnecting the network driver that is causing the problem. Here is how you can do that:
- Open This PC on your computer – you can easily do that from Windows Explorer (press the Win+E keyboard hotkeys).
- Find the driver that’s not connected and right-click on its icon.
- From the list of options that are displayed click on the Disconnect entry.
- Or, from the main window status bar click on the Map network drive and choose ‘Disconnect network drive’.
4. Disable the ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’ message at start-up
- On your computer launch the Run box – press the Win+R keyboard keys.
- In the Run box type ‘regedit’ and press Enter.
- Now the Registry Editor window will be displayed on your PC.
- In there navigate towards ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider’.
- Then, on the right side of the main window double-click on ‘NetworkProvider’.
- Note: if this value isn’t there right-click on the ‘RestoreConnection’ folder and pick up New – > DWORD Value.
- Set the RestoreConnection value to ‘0’ in order to disable the mapped network drive message.
- Save your changes and close the Registry Editor.
- Reboot your Windows 10 system in the end.
The troubleshooting solutions listed above should help you fix or disable the ‘Windows cannot connect to all network drivers’ message alert displayed on your Windows 10 computer. If you used other similar solutions that might work, don’t hesitate and share your experience with us in the comments below.
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