I used to have a network share on an external Samba server named
The network share itself was accessed via
I connected to it from my new Windows 8.1 laptop, copied its content to a local folder (same name), then shared it. So far so good. I can access it from my laptop the old SMB way, using
I now want to access this local share the old way:
For that, I changed c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts to point
127.0.0.1 by adding the line:
I can now ping
mysmb fine, returning pings from the very same laptop (i.e. not that Samba server, as it has been turned off).
But if I try to access
mysmb as a share, i.e.
\\mysmb\myshare, "Windows Security" keeps prompting me for "Enter network credentials".
Which tells me that my laptop's Windows 8.1 somehow remembers the old IP address of the
mysmb computer name.
I tried deleting all cached IPs using
arp -a -d then rebooting, but that didn't help.
In Windows 2000/XP there used to be a view called
My Network Places that memorized & listed all previously used connections. If I delete one, this would prevent the "Duplicate Name Exists" Error.
Where does Windows 8.1 store this kind of caching and how can I make it forget that history?