Tag Archives: Windows 10 networking

Make Network Mapped Drives Available in Elevated Command Prompt

Make Network Mapped Drives Available in Elevated Command Prompt

How to Make Network Mapped Drives Available in Elevated Command Prompt and PowerShell in Windows 10

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft implemented the User Account Control feature, or just UAC. This feature is designed to improve the OS security. The side effect of this feature is that mapped network drives are inaccessible to programs running as administrator.

Disable Simultaneous Connection to Non-domain and Domain in Windows 10

Disable Simultaneous Connection to Non-domain and Domain in Windows 10

How to Disable Simultaneous Connection to Non-domain and Domain in Windows 10

You can use the Prohibit connection to non-domain networks when connected to domain authenticated network policy in Windows 10 to disable (or enable) simultaneous connection to Non-domain and Domain networks. Here are two methods you can use to configure the policy.

Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10

Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10

How to Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10

By default, Windows will soft-disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to a network. In Windows 10, there is a special policy option that controls this behavior, so you can make your device instantly disconnect from a network. Here is how to configure it.

Minimize Number of Simultaneous Connections to Internet in Windows 10

Minimize Number of Simultaneous Connections to Internet in Windows 10

How to Minimize Number of Simultaneous Connections to Internet in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there is a special policy option that determines if a computer can have multiple connections to the internet or to a Windows domain. If multiple connections are allowed, it then determines how network traffic will be routed. Here is how to configure it.

Block Websites Using Hosts File in Windows 10

Block Websites Using Hosts File in Windows 10

How to Block Websites Using the Hosts File in Windows 10

Every Windows version comes with a special Hosts file which helps resolving DNS records. In addition to your network configuration, the file can be used to define a domain=IP address pairing which will have priority above the value provided by the DNS server. Using this trick, you can block certain web sites from opening in the web browser on your computer.

Disable Could Not Reconnect All Network Drives Notification In Windows 10

Disable Could Not Reconnect All Network Drives Notification In Windows 10

How To Disable Could Not Reconnect All Network Drives Notification In Windows 10

If you have mapped network drives, sometimes Windows 10 shows a notification that it cannot reconnect all network drives. It is OK when a remote destination is down, but the notification is very annoying and redundant when the drive can be reconnected just by visiting it in This PC.

Windows 10 Will Support DNS over HTTPS Natively

Windows 10 Will Support DNS over HTTPS Natively

DNS-over-HTTPS is a relatively young web protocol, implement about two years ago. It is intended to increase user privacy and security by preventing eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS data by man-in-the-middle attacks by using the HTTPS protocol to encrypt the data between the DoH client and the DoH-based DNS resolver.

Set Static IP Address in Windows 10 in Settings

Set Static IP Address in Windows 10 in Settings

In Windows 10, there are a number of ways to set your IP address to a static value for network diagnostics or if you need to form a network with another device without a DHCP server, via an Ethernet crossover cable.  Starting in Windows 10 version 1903 you can set a static IP address for a network connection right in the Settings app.

Change Offline Files Disk Usage Limit in Windows 10

Change Offline Files Disk Usage Limit in Windows 10

Offline Files is a special feature of Windows that allows you to access files stored on a network share locally, even when you are not connected to that network. By default, the OS limits the local disk space that offline files take to 25% of the system drive. The limit includes the local disk space used by cached files that were made available offline, and automatically cached files which were accessed by the user on a network share. Here is how to change this.

Create Offline Files Folder Shortcut in Windows 10

Create Offline Files Folder Shortcut in Windows 10

As you may already know, Offline Files is a special feature of Windows that allows you to access files stored on a network share locally, even when you are not connected to that network. In modern Windows version, it includes a special "Always Offline" mode, that saves your bandwidth by syncing files between your PC and the appropriate network share periodically.