How to Enable Network Mapping in Windows 7

The network mapping feature comes handy in finding other computers and devices on the network, when your Windows 7 PC is connected to a domain. By default, Network mapping is disabled in Windows 7. Here is how you can enable it using Group Policy editor.


Note that Group Policy Editor is only included in Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. Hence this tutorial applies to only one of those editions of Windows 7.

1. Login to the computer with Administrator rights.

2. Click Start, type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) in the start menu search box and hit enter.

3. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Link-Layer Topology Discovery.

4. In the right pane, double-click on “Turn on Mapper I/O (LLTDIO) Driver”.

5. Turn on “Enabled”.

6. In the “Options” section, check the box that says “Allow operation while in a domain”.

7. Click “Next Setting” button.

8. Double-click on “Turn On Responder (RSPNDR) Driver”.

9. Click OK.

That’s it. Network Mapping should now be enabled.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.