Microsoft KB Archive/92989

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Persistent Connections May Not Work with Real Mode Redirector

Article ID: 92989

Article Last Modified on 10/13/2003


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q92989


Windows for Workgroups has a persistent connections feature that automatically reconnects the workstation to previously connected network shares when the redirector is started. This feature should work with either the real mode redirector (NET.EXE) or the virtual redirector (VREDIR.386).

In the Windows for Workgroups Connect Network Drive dialog box, the Reconnect At Startup check box controls whether or not the network drive connections you make are persistent (remain connected until you disconnect them or clear the Reconnect At Startup check box).

If the real mode redirector is started and this check box is not selected, persistent connections are not made.


The Reconnect At Startup check box is selected by default, but if you clear this option, the setting remains deactivated until you select it again. The setting for this check box is maintained in the [Network] section of the SYSTEM.INI file. If the check box is selected, the Reconnect= line is set to Yes.

The virtual redirector and the real mode redirector interpret this switch in different ways. The virtual redirector uses this switch to determine whether the Reconnect At Startup check box should be selected the next time you open the Connect Network Drive dialog box. The real mode redirector uses this switch to determine whether network drive connections made while the redirector is started will be persistent. If the switch is off (that is, the Reconnect At Startup option is not selected), the persistent connections are not made when the real mode redirector is started.

Additional query words: 3.10 saved ms-dos 3.11

Keywords: KB92989