While mapping the network drive names on your network connection settings, specialty while setting up names of your network systems, you may notice an error message ‘The local device name already in use’. You may have already suspected that this issue involves some mapping issues of your network drives. But sometimes, the unassigned drive letters or file and printer sharing settings may cause this issue on your computer.
Fix 1 – Restart Workstation service
1 – Search CMD in windows search.
2 – Right click and choose run as administrator.
3 – Now, type the command given below.
net stop "workstation"
4 – No again type the command given below.
net start "workstation"
5 – Close the command prompt and try again.
Fix 2 – Reboot the computer browser
Some users have reported that they have solved this issue just by restating the browser on their system.
1. Right-click on the Windows key and click on “Run“.
2. Type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys together.
3. To stop the browser settings on your computer, type this code, and hit Enter thereafter.
net stop "Computer Browser"
4. Now, you have to reinitialize the computer browser on your system. To do that, execute this code.
net start "Computer Browser"
Exit the terminal and check if this has solved your concerned issue.
Fix 3 – Remove the particular key
If you are facing this issue with a virtual drive or a CD/DVD drive on your system, consider this fix for a perfect solution for your case.
1. Press Windows key+R to launch the Run.
2. Then, type “regedit“. Click on “OK” further to open the Registry Editor.
Registry Editor is a very sensitive place on your computer. Any unaccounted changes may lead to an unstable system. We request to make a backup of the registry on your computer.
Once you have opened the Registry Editor, click on “File“. Then click on “Export” to make a new backup on your computer.
3. Once you have taken the backup, go to this location-
4. On the left-hand side, right-click on the “MountPoints2” key and click on “Delete“.
Consent with any warning message that appears on your screen.
After deleting the key from your system, close the registry editor window. Restart your computer and check if this works out for you or not.
Fix 4 – Assign a new drive letter
You need to assign a new drive letter to get rid of the conflict.
1. Press the Windows key +X keys together.
2. After that, you need to click on the “Disk Management” to access it.
3. When the Disk Management opens up, look for the problematic drive on your screen.
4. Right-click on the conflicted drive and click on the “Change Drive Letter and Paths…“.
5. Click on “Change“.
6. You have to click on the radio button beside “Assign the following drive letter“.
7. Then, assign the drive letter “A” or “B” from the drop-down option.
8. To complete the change, click on “OK“.
This should help you to fix the issue on your computer.
Fix 5 – Enable File and Printer sharing settings
Try enabling the file and printer sharing settings on your system.
1. Press the Windows key+R keys together.
2. After that, type this code and hit Enter.
3. Once the firewall setting opens up, you need to click on the “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall“.
4. Just click on “Change settings” to change the settings on your computer.
5. Then, check box the “File and Printer Sharing” settings and click on “OK“.
Close any opened window and restart your system.
Fix 7 – Check the space on the network device
This problem sometimes occurs due to a shortage of space in the network device on your computer.
You need to have some free space in the root folders of the network device so that it operates smoothly. At least allow 5 GB free space to avoid this error message.
Fix 8 – Modify the value of ProtectionMode
You can modify the registry further if the previous fixes didn’t help you out.
1. Type “regedit” in the search box and click on “Registry Editor” to access it.
2. Once the Registry Editor opens up, navigate to this place –
3. On the right-hand side, double click on the “ProtectionMode” key.
4. Set the value to “1” and click on “OK“.
Once you have done this, close the Registry Editor screen. Restart the system and check if this solves.
Fix 9 – Remap the drive
You can remap the drive with which you are facing this issue on your system.
1. You need to click on the search box and start to write “cmd“.
2. Further, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and click on “Run as administrators“.
3. Paste this code in the terminal. Thereafter, hit Enter to delete the conflicted user name.
net use "username" /delete
NOTE – Replace the ‘username’ with the username you are facing this problem with.
For example, if you want to delete the username ‘X:’ from your computer, you have to paste this code –
net use X: delete
2. Once you have deleted the device name, paste this code modify it, and hit Enter.
net use drive letter: \\server\share /user:username password
Now, enter the same drive letter in the code where you want to map the drive.
Then, change the ‘username’ and the ‘password’ according to your choice.
We are going to map the drive to ‘X:’ drive and then, alter the ‘username’ and ‘password’ according to ‘Sam’ and ‘1234’ respectively.
net use X: \\server\share /user:Sam 1234
Once you have done these steps, close the CMD screen and restart your system once. This should have fixed your problem.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.