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Thread: Windows 8 cannot see network drives

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Windows 8 cannot see network drives

    We are using InstallShiled 2011 Proffesional on WinXP and Win7 without any problems.

    But problems comes with Windows 8.

    I use browse for direcotry component in installation package. In WinXP/Win7 I can see mapped network drives but in Windows 8 I cannot see any network drives.

    Function Is ( FILE_EXISTS , "existing_file_on_network_drive" ) returns that file doesn't exists

    In dialog "AskPath" I cannot see mapped network drives under "My computer"

    Do you have some experiences with Win8 and Installshield?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2012

    how to make windows 8 installer browse/see network drives

    It happens when you use programs that run in "run as administrator" mode.
    maybe microsoft missed somthing that will fixed later by windows update, maybe a bug ? i realy dont know.


    you can fixed this yourself for now by forcing windows to make the network drives available to standart and administrator acounts:
    1 - run regedit
    2. - locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System
    3 - create a new DWORD entry with the name EnableLinkedConnections and value 1.
    4 - restart your computer
    5 - now you can see and use network drives with these installers or applications.

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