Restoring Network Connections – The local device name is already in use

Mapping a drive refers to that feature of Windows 10 which gives its users a privilege of connecting to disks hosted remotely. For those organizations and systems which are connected on a network, this is quite the basic use case. The error of The local device name is already in use occurs when someone is trying to access that mapped drive on their computer. This main cause of this issue is misconfiguration with drive mapping. The error reads:

An error occurred while reconnecting to Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored.

The local device name is already in use

The best way to resolve this error is by remapping the drive.

To do that, open the File Explorer. Select Map network drive from the top ribbon.

Choose a drive letter that you want to use. Select Browse to find the location that you want to map.

As per your choice, check out of the following options:

  • Reconnect at sign-in.
  • Connect using different credentials.

Select Finish once you are done settings the right configuration.

In case the mapped network drive does not work, you can try to turn File and Printer sharing on.

To do that, open Control Panel.

Open Network and Sharing Center.

Choose Change advanced sharing settings.

Click on Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing.

Your issues should be fixed now.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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