A. A. One known cause of this behavior is the FINDFAST.EXE application that is supplied with Office 97. If either set of the following conditions are both true then drive mappings may be created automatically:
Condition set 1
- You perform a search in either the Open dialog box or the Advanced Find dialog box in any Microsoft Office 97 program
- The drive you search contains shortcuts that specify a target location that uses a network drive letter instead of a universal naming convention (UNC) path (for example, \\<Server>\<Share>)
Condition set 2
- Find Fast is installed in your Startup group
- You index a drive that contains shortcuts that specify a target location that uses a network drive letter instead of a UNC path
There are a number of resolutions to this
- Install Service Pack 3
- Avoid searching folders that contain shortcuts (.lnk files)
- Change shortcut target locations to UNC paths, e.g. d:\folder\john.txt to \\<server>\<folder>\john.txt
- Disable Find Fast
My experience with FindFast is that is uses up a great deal of system resources and is not worth the resource usage for what it does so option 4 may be your best bet.
See Knowledge Base article Q150604 (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q150/6/04.asp) for more information.