[DUG] Windows 7 Network Oddity

John Bird johnkbird at paradise.net.nz
Sat Feb 12 00:20:51 NZDT 2011

?I have software used on networks that commonly uses its shared folder 
server as a mapped drive,  eg   M:\MyFolder with M: mapped to 
If a program runs from there, started as M:\MyFolder\MyProgram.exe  , there 
is a difference between XP and Windows 7:

XP   Application.exename   returns    M:\MyFolder\MyProgram.exe

Windows 7   Application.exename   returns 

ie Windows 7 expands the mapped drive to its real UNC name rather than 
returning the mapped drive name, even though the program was run from a 
shortcut using the mapped drive name.

Anyone know if this is a setting or preference that can be altered?   Or do 
I have to live with either being returned depending on Windows version?

Others may wish to check if this has ramifications for them!


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