Windows 10 cmd/powershell: cd to a network share?

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Ok, I have seen: Change working directory to network share – however, it does not seem to work for me on Windows 10.

At work, I have a network share, let’s say, at local IP address; so, first I go to a Windows Explorer window, type there \, I get asked for a login and password; when I enter my credentials, I get a directory listing, no problem. (and I even get \ as a node under Network in the tree view pane on the left of the Windows Explorer window.)

So, now I open Powershell as administrator, and try this:

PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> cd \
cd : Cannot find path '\' because it does not exist.
At line:1 char:1
+ cd \
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (\ [Set-Location], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.SetLocationCommand

Same for cmd.exe, ran as Administrator:

C:WINDOWSsystem32>pushd \
The network name cannot be found.

Net use does not work either:

C:WINDOWSsystem32>net use Y: \
System error 67 has occurred.

The network name cannot be found.

… and yet, the server is fully pingable:


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

How can I cd into this network share from a terminal (either cmd, or Powershell)?


1: You’ve got the syntax wrong: \servername specifies a server, not a UNC-PATH.
You need to use \servernamesharename as a minimum.
2: You can’t do this with the command-prompt. You must map a network drive to it and use the drive letter in CMD.exe. It will work in PowerShell.

What about a PowerShell Core solution? I was successfull using

cd Microsoft.PowerShell.CoreFileSystem::\servernamesharename

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