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Remove the Red X from mapped network drives

Last Updated on 08/02/2022 by Kevin Agar

Having set up the mapped network drives here I needed to stop the Red X from appearing when the mapped drives weren’t seen but were still available. I did this by changing the default icon for the mapped drives.

You can get the Windows 11 default Icons here

Once downloaded copy the icons to somewhere, for example


1. Press Winkey+R to open the Run box, type in regedit and click OK to open the Registry editor.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\ and look for the Applications key. If you don’t have that key, then right-click on Classes->New->Key. Name that new key Applications.

3. Right-click on the Applications key and choose New->Key. Name it Explorer.exe

4. Right-click on Explorer.exe key ->New->Key. It must be named Drives. After you created the Drives key, right-click on it ->New->Key. This time, change the key’s name to the drive letter you want to change (example: Y). It should look something like below:

5. Now, create a new key inside Y key. Right-click on it and choose New->Key. Name it DefaultIcon.

6. Locate your icon in Explorer,

eg “C:\Windows\Icons”

Hold Shift and then right-click on the icon file, choose Copy as path

eg “C:\Windows\Icons\DDORes_2519.ico”

7. Back in the Registry editor window, double click on (Default) value of DefaultIcon key.

8. Paste the path you copied in step 6 to Value data. Click OK to save. After that, close the Registry editor. It should take effect immediately. If it doesn’t, please restart your computer.

To restore the default icon:

Delete the Y key (or your drive letter key).

Delete the Z key (or your drive letter key).

Since setting this up there has been a major windows 11 update. This caused all the changes I made to the registry to be removed

This meant going through the complete setup again, which is a real pain. So thinking about it I decided to Export the Explorer.exe branch of the registry, and this is what I did.

After doing all of the above, but before closing the registry editor, select HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe

Go to File>Export…


Selected branch.jpg

Give it a descriptive name and save it somewhere. Then if Microsoft removes it again it’s just a case of going to your saved file and double-clicking it. This will add the branch to your registry.

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