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What is netplwiz.dll?


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Windows Process Description:

The file netplwiz.dll is widely known as Map Network Drives/ Network Places Wizard. Microsoft Corporation published it as part of the Windows XP Professional and Home Edition. The first version of this module is 5.1.2600.0. Currently, the latest version of this file is 6.0.6000.16386. This version upgrade was done to efficiently support its purpose on the Windows system.

The module netplwiz.dll provides access and connection to the network services of a system. The features of this module also include the capability to share files, printers, and other multimedia content within the local network or on the Internet.

The file netplwiz.dll can be executed by going to Start and selecting the Map Network Drive option from the Start menu list. A window will appear on the screen after clicking on the Map Network Drive icon. From there, you can select a mapped drive intended for file sharing. To map the drive permanently, you can set it to "reconnect at login". In addition, the module netplwiz.dll will continue to provide its services by selecting the option "different user name" in case the remote computer will require a different user name and password to share its resources.

The file netplwiz.dll is related to UNC by providing a naming convention for identifying the network resources that were used. UNC names include three parts, and these are:

a share name;

a server name;

and an optional file path.

These UNC names are shown by combination of backslashes like //server /share / file_path. Another function of the module netplwiz.dll is the Network Place Wizard, which is installed by default during the installation process. Users can gain access to this wizard through My Network Places/ Add Network Place, but it can also be done via Windows Explorer through Tools/ Map Network Drive.

The file netplwiz.dll will permanently use network resources in case it is set to reconnect during login. The intention of facilitating and sharing network resources efficiently will smoothen the working environment of a computer network. Thus, it will have detrimental effects on the system when the file netplwiz.dll is not present on the system due to corrupted installation or accidental deletion.

Author: Microsoft Corporation

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Part Of: Microsoft Windows XP (both Professional and Home Editions)

Memory Usage: Medium

Associated Applications: UNC

Background DLL: Yes

Uses Network: Yes

Hardware Related: No

Common Path: C:\ Windows\ system32\

DLL Version: 6.0.6000.16386

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