Accessing shared drives and shared folders in Windows has always been easy, but if you’re using Windows 10, you might happen upon this error. Here’s the quick fix.
So, I got myself a new ASUS router that’s got two USB ports in it. USB ports on WIFI routers allow you to connect an external hard drive and share your files over the network. This worked flawlessly for me with older routers in Windows 7 and Windows 8. But now, accessing the Samba share I created with my ASUS router seems to be on the fritz with Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview.
I get the error message:
\\RT-AC3200-7430 is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
A specified logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated.
That’s funny. I don’t recall ever being asked to log in. I suspect that this issue is due to the Microsoft account I used to log in. It must be trying to authenticate using those credentials, rather than the user I created for my Samba share. If it would just prompt me to enter my credentials, all would be right in the world. But I don’t even get that option.
Luckily, there’s a fix.
Hit the Win key and type “User” to bring up the User Accounts option. Click it.
Select your user account and click Manage your credentials.
Select Windows Credentials. Look for your server name under Windows Credentials. If you don’t see it, click Add a Windows credential
Enter your login and password you created for accessing your Samba share. Click OK.
You should now see the server name under Windows Credentials. You can edit or remove them by expanding it with the arrow.
Now, when you got Network in File Explorer, you should be able to click through to your share.
If you want to map the network drive, right-click a shared folder and select Map network drive…
Since you already plugged in the proper credentials, you can stick with the default settings. Choose a drive letter, click Finish, and you’re done.
Did this quick tip help you? Or are you still having trouble? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I’ll try to help.