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UNC Names in Icon Properties May Cause File Not Found Errors


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server, version 3.1


If you create an icon which uses a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path name for a program in combination with a data file, error messages indicating the data file could not be found may appear when you choose it.

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. On computer 1, use Write to save a file called TEST.WRI. Place this file in a shared directory, such as \TEST. Also copy WRITE.EXE into the TEST directory.
  2. On computer 2, create an icon with the following Properties:

    Description: Test

When you try to use this icon to open Write and the TEST.WRI file, you will receive a "File not found" error message even though the file is in the TEST directory.

This error message does not occur if a standard network redirection (created with File Manager) is used, such as X:\WRITE.EXE TEST.WRI.


Once the network connection is made with the UNC name and the application is loaded, the network connection is broken. Because the network connection no longer exists, the data file cannot be found. This behavior is by design.


To prevent error messages using UNC names in icons, also specify a UNC name for the location of the data file to be loaded, such as:


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Last Reviewed: October 27, 2000
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