I have been using the "EnableLinkedConnections" registry setting below for years with no trouble. But lately with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, sometimes it doesn't work. I need to run some programs with administrative privileges but they cant see drives mapped as a standard user when this is the case. Does anyone know why this no longer works? Or if there is a work around? Disabling UAC is not an option. Thanks

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Create a new parameter (DWORD type) with the name EnableLinkedConnections and the value 1

I got some solutions which are:

  1. Turn off your UAC (User Account COntrol) and restart your PC and if this doesn't help go for the second solution it will surely help you.

  2. You have to create EnableLinkedConnections entry in the registry, set the value (type DWORD) to 1 and then restart the workstation. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLinkedConnections=dword:00000001

Note: To configure the EnableLinkedConnections registry value you need to follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

  2. Locate and then right-click the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

  3. Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

  4. Type EnableLinkedConnections, and then press ENTER.

  5. Right-click EnableLinkedConnections, and then click Modify.

  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

  7. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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    I AM using that registry key as stated. It did work once, but isn't anymore. That's my problem. Disabling UAC isn't an option. – JimDel Jun 15 '16 at 15:45
  • Is this error appears: "The system cannot find the path specified.." – selah1936 Jun 16 '16 at 4:09
  • Well that can be one of many errors due to this no longer working. – JimDel Jun 16 '16 at 14:29
  • Restarting the computer worked for me in Windows 10, and I could keep UAC enabled. – Alisson Oct 21 '16 at 13:22

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