Fix choco-package-list-backup not saving to network

On my (barely used) Windows box, I wanted to set a backup of the installed Chocolatey packages. The choco-package-list-backup tool seems to be the way to go. So I installed it and set the backup path to a mapped network drive.

It didn’t work. Picking different folders under C:\ went fine, but the backup never could be saved to the network location.

So what was going on?

It turns out that choco-package-list-backup schedules itself to run as administrator. Plus, as Chocolatey needs to be run on an elevated terminal, I also run this tool interactively with such privileges. However, on Windows, by default network drives are inaccessible to privileged applications.

So how to solve this? I did some quick tests and the backup tool run fine as a normal user. So you have two choices:

  • change the scheduled task to run without privileges, and always run choco-package-list-backup this way;
  • or allow privileged programs to access your mapped drives.

For the later, this short guide does the trick. It instructs you to create a DWORD key called EnableLinkedConnections under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System and set it to 1.

Relevant versions

  • choco-package-list-backup 2022.02.06
  • Chocolatey 0.12.1
  • Windows 11 21H2

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