If you are wondering how to enable or disable soft disconnect a computer from a network in Windows 10, you can check the ways below. As a leading software company, MiniTool software produces easy data recovery tools, hard drive partition manager, Windows system backup and restore software.

Windows will soft-disconnect a computer from a network when the computer is not connect to the network. There is a setting to control this behavior. If you like, you configure this setting by following the instructions blow.

Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect a Computer from a Network with Group Policy

  • You can press Windows + R, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter to open Group Policy Editor.
  • Click as the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Windows Connection Manager.
  • Then you can right-click “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”option in the right window.
  • You can configure the setting of this feature: Enabled, Disabled, or Not Configured.

Related: How to Reset Group Policy Settings to Default in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect a Computer from a Network with Registry Editor

  • You can press Windows + R to open Run dialog, type regedit, and hit Enter to open Registry Editor in Windows 10.
  • Click as the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WcmSvc\GroupPolicy.
  • Right-click the blank space in the right window and click New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value as SoftDisconnectConnections.
  • Double-click this new value and set its value as 1 to enable soft disconnect or as 0 to disable soft disconnect.
  • You can restart your computer to make these changes to take effect.

Tip: Before you editing the Group Policy or Registry in your Windows computer, you should be careful because it may cause your computer run abnormally. It’s advised you make a system backup of your computer in case you need to restore the system if you make some wrong changes.

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How to Recover Data from Windows 10 Computer

If your computer has problems like system crash, blue/black screen error, hard drive failure, etc. you can try to use data recovery software to recover lost data from Windows computer.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a professional free data recovery program compatible with Windows OS and Windows Servers.

You can use it to easily recover deleted/lost files from Windows computer, external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, SD memory card, and more. And it can tackle different data loss situations.

Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and check the easy user guide below.

Step 1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery to enter the main interface. If you try to recover data from external devices like external hard drive, USB or SD card, you should connect the external hard drive to your Windows computer beforehand.

Step 2. Next you can choose the device you’d like to recover data from. You can choose This PC, Removable Disk Drive, Hard Disk Drive, CD/DVD Drive based on your need. Then you can choose the target partition or device from the right window, and click Scan button.

Step 3. After the scan process finishes, you can check the scan result to find needed files, check them and click Save button to choose a destination path to store the recovered files.

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Bottom Line

You can try one of the two ways above to easily enable or disable soft connect a computer from a network. An easy free data recovery method is also provided.

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