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Change the default time-out period on a shared network computer

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While changing over to WinXP on some of my desktops, I noticed that the system would show a disconnected share if the share wasn't used recently (for example, in the past few hours). Apparently, the default time is 15 minutes before a server will drop the share from a user.

You can change the hex value of the registry key to 24 hours by changing the value to 5A0 as follows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services
\lanmanserver\parameters

Binary value= autodisconnect

Change default to "1140" in decimal form (24 hrs * 60 minutes) or to "5A0" in hex.

For more information, see Microsoft KB

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article 297684.

This was first published in July 2004

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