It's a work computer, I have no say on what version of Windows we use, it's
all controlled by our IT department, you'd need to ask them that question.
As for mapping, well I did that originally, but I have about 12 mapped
drives and Windows tries to connect to each of them upon startup. When I did
this, the computer took literally 25-30 minutes to start up, which was
obviously not practical.
By doing it in a batch file, I only have to connect to those drives I need
(as I don't use all drives every day).