Windows 10 explorer network error 0x80070035 the network path was not found

Actually, this had occurred with Windows 8.1 Pro after an update from Microsoft. However, even though it appeared as a problem with Windows 8.1; Windows 10 has inherited the same issue.

When attempting to map a NAS drive, the error occurs with the message, network error 0x80070035 the network path was not found. After searching the internet for days and days of a viable solution, nothing has helped getting a NAS drive mapped.

These are WD My Cloud NAS drives connected via a LAN hub. The topology of the network is as follows:

Cable modem -> NETGEAR R8000 router -> TP Link 8-port hub -> (3) WD My Cloud NAS drives

Firewall ports have been opened to support the NAS drives, antivirus disabled longer enough to interfere with the network. Router has been configured to support each NAS drive’s IP addy.

If anyone has any helpful hints as to how to successfully map the NAS drives, I would love to read all about it.

BTW, from my second backup personal system, the system has Windows 10 as well, but has no problem in seeing the NAS drives from within explorer. This is also true with the Surface Pro 128 as well as a laptop that both were upgraded to Windows 10 Pro x64.


1) Cannot see NAS drives in Windows explorer

2) Cannot map NAS in Windows explorer

All updates have been applied to the system.

Anyone else experience this issue as well? If so, did you get it fixed? If you did, would you mind sharing your fix with me?

If you are unable to access network drive then I would suggest you to try the steps provided below and see if it helps.

If issue persists, I would suggest you to repost queries in the following link and hope you will get better assistance. As this forum is taken care by IT professional.

TechNet Forum: Windows 10 IT Pro

After reading the useful link above, I was able to map my NAS drives with success. Thank you.

The following procedures had helped me restore the mapped drives.

Steps taken to resolved the shared NAS drive:

1. Launch Network and Sharing Center

2. Click Change Advanced Sharing Settings
3. Turn everything to OFF on all profiles and options

4. Save the changes and then close the applet

5. Open the Device Manager

6. Right-button click Network Adapters 

7. Uninstall Ethernet and Wireless adapters

    (Hint: I also selected “View/Show Hidden Devices” option and uninstalled those network devices as well)

8. Then click on Action and then select Scan for Hardware Changes

9. Allow reinstallation of the devices and then close Device Manger


10. From the task manager, right-button click the network icon or either open Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center

11. Click Change Advanced Sharing Settings

12. Turn everything to ON for all profiles and options 

13. Click Save changes and then close the applet


14. Launch Windows explorer

15. Observe the Network explore pane (should be able to see all of the shared NAS drives

Mapping a the NAS drive


16. From the top of the Windows Explorer windows, select Map Network Drive

17. Enter the IP address + Shared Folder name and then click Ok

      Example: \\\SharedFolder\

I was able to see all of the NAS shared drives as well as mapping the NAS shared drives.

Make note: All of the NAS devices have static IP addresses. If you use DHCP, recommend when mapping to the drive, to enter the device’s name + the shared folder.

      Example: \\NASSharedDrive\SharedFolder\

When using DHCP, if and when the IP address changes, the map drive will be available, even if the IP address changes as long as you are still in the same network.

If using static IP addressing, recommend the first example.

Thanks to the MS support team to lead me in the right direction to correct this long time problem.

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