My company laptop runs a command line script during boot which adds a set of network drives to the Windows. I'm not using any of these during work at all, I don't even have access to some of them (when I double click the drive I get an Access Denied error).
Lately I often have to connect to a VPN service for work with another company, and when I'm connected to their VPN, none of my company's network locations are available. Which produces a strange side effect: for some reason disk access becomes severely limited, e.g. when I click a download button in the browser, I have to wait 4-5 minutes for the download location popup to open, in the meanwhile the browser seems frozen. Similarly when saving files.
I can do the following: before I connect to the VPN, I can manually right click and disconnect each network drive. However I don't want to do this every single time, it's 6 drives, sometimes I forget and I have to disconnect the VPN, remove the drives and reconnect the VPN to solve the disk problem (disconnect doesn't work when on the VPN).
I tried to use the 'net use X: /delete' command from an administrator cmd to disconnect the drive (hoping to create a script to remove them), but for some reason it doesn't work. I get the below error:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>net use G: /delete The network connection could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250
Interestingly, 'net use' command output is empty:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>net use New connections will not be remembered. There are not entries in the list.
So, how come 'net use' says the list is empty, and it is not able to find the network connection, when I can see the mapped network drives with drive letters (G, H, etc) in the Windows file explorer, and I can right click and disconnect from them?