Windows 8 and the mapped drive issue
Once upon a time we used this hack to get Win7 machines to respect mapped drives via group policy
How to make elevated programs recognize network drives on Windows 7 /
Vista | WinAbility Software:
In digging more into that I realized that Windows 8 and 8.1 regressed and needed a hotfix to get them to work the same way.
Drive is unexpectedly mapped to the root of a nested share in Windows:
Windows 8.1 should already have that update rollup, Windows 8 needs a hotfix. (who knew)