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Map Virtual Drives Easily, Reduce Long Paths to Just One Letter

With Visual Subst, you’ll be able to map long paths to a single drive letter, create drives for elevated applications, add editable drive labels, and quickly restore drives following reboots.

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Daniel User Important question - not answered in website or text here:

a) Can Visual Subst only be used to create shortcuts on local machine (all terget dirs on local drives)?

b) Or is it possible to create shortcuts to dirs on network drives too?

c) Is it possible to set a shortcut to onedrive gdrive or dropbox dirs?

Thanks for a fast answer.
Best, Daniel
Apr 13 2019 at 7:55am Copy Link
Leif Henning User I too was wondering what Daniel is asking..

And in what scenario is this software best used?
Apr 13 2019 at 8:39am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Daniel
a-b) Visual Subst can only be used to map a drive letter to a local folder on the same machine (same as the built-in SUBST command).

c) Yes, all these services create local folders on your computer (C:\Users\UserName\OneDrive, etc) and you can use Visual Subst to map a virtual drive to the root folder or any subfolder inside the root.
NTWind Software - Apr 13 2019 at 9:50am Copy Link
Roberto Usually I create some subst on computers of non teachy people, for example to work with images or common places that they want to use frecuently.

for example:

subst M: "%userprofile%\Dropbox\pictures"

unmount is very easy too:

subst M: /D

I had the visual subst 1.6 before.. I think it was freeware... but I'll buy this new version too.

no need to mess with command line and this little tool is very convenient.
Apr 13 2019 at 9:57am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Leif
I personally use Visual Subst to create a drive mapping to the project directory I'm currently working on. It simplifies things if you have a lot of various files and folders in your project directory - graphics, text documents, source code, scripts, etc. So you can access your files much faster ;)
NTWind Software - Apr 13 2019 at 10:01am Copy Link
Leif Henning User I purchased, but haven't got an email yet??

Update: I just got the license:D
Apr 13 2019 at 10:58am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Leif
Resent ;)
NTWind Software - Apr 13 2019 at 11:07am Copy Link
Chris I purchased and have a question. Why doesn't the drives show up in the sendto menu?
Apr 13 2019 at 7:24pm Copy Link
Michael R. Having given a drive a letter with VirtualSubst, can I access to this virtual drive by using this label from within the commandline (or is it just a kind of decoration), e.g. via a command like 'vcd Pictures:' for a drive, labelled 'Pictures'?

Are the labels of the subst's easy to access, e.g. by just evaluating a text-file?

Are these assignments persistent, i.e. do they survive rebooting? What happens, if these are inside a container, i.e. a TrueCrypt-container, which is not accessible after rebooting? As soon as there is (manual) access to such a container, will the assignment work than too without any refreshing from the user's side?

I remember my times with the Commodore's Amiga decades ago, where drive-names could be names like Pictures: and not only letters... This was quite conveniant and I do not understand, why MS still only uses letters as drive-ids.
Apr 13 2019 at 10:01pm Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Chris
It is because a substed drive is not a removable drive, but I'll consider adding it as an option. Thank you!
NTWind Software - Apr 13 2019 at 10:49pm Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Michael
1) You still cannot access drives by labels on Windows in 2019.
2) Yes, all drive assignments are restored after reboot (command line and UI).
3) If path doesn't exist, VSubst will display you an error message. Make sure that you start TrueCrypt before VSubst on boot. You can use my Hidden Start utility to do so, or a batch file, or a startup manager, etc.

I suggest you to download the free trial version of Visual Subst and see if it works for you.

Thank you!
NTWind Software - Apr 13 2019 at 11:07pm Copy Link
Alexandre Emeriau Can it mount as drives network windows unc paths at boot ? (so before login)
Apr 14 2019 at 2:31am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Alexandre
No, it can't. Only local folders on the same machine.
NTWind Software - Apr 14 2019 at 3:44am Copy Link
Michael R. @ Alexander Avdonin

Thanks for your answer. But I did miss the first one:

(How) can I access from within a command-line (or let's say as a programmer who wants to write a command-line-tool) access to the label/path-combo from outside?I.E.where are these infos stored?
Apr 14 2019 at 7:23pm Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @ Michael
It seems easier to me to access your files from command line using the defined drive letter. But if you want to retrieve label-path information, see the following registry key: HKCU\Software\Alexander Avdonin\Visual Subst\2.0
NTWind Software - Apr 14 2019 at 10:25pm Copy Link
Michael R. @ Alexander Avdonin

Bought it and found registry entry. Thank you!

Perhaps it would make sense to add the standard '/?' option to command-line-usage...
Apr 14 2019 at 11:41pm Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @Michael
Yes, it'll be added soon. Thank you!
NTWind Software - Apr 15 2019 at 1:15am Copy Link
CFGuy For NTWind Software - I currently use "networked" drives extensively - so that I can just click an icon or shortcut to access a folder or entire hard drive on another computer on my wireless network. I can also assign these "networked drives" local drive letters, and use a script to make sure that they re-connect on startup.
Is a "network drive" the same thing as a "virtual drive"? ANd if not, how do they differ?
Your software is very reasonably priced, has a reasonable EUL - and I see from your website that all of your licenses are "lifetime licenses" (and I am assuming this BDJ-purchased license is, as well) which I think makes your software even more valuable to users.
My only dilemma is- will purchasing and using this software give me any more features or functionality than I already have set up?
Thanks so much for your help in determining this.
Aug 16 2019 at 8:37am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @CFGuy
1) For operating system, network drives appear the same way as virtual drives except that they point to a network location and protocol.
2) BDJ licenses are the same.
3) Visual Subst creates elevated drives and hides UAC prompt (your drives will be visible for cmd.exe run with admin privileges and other such apps), also it manages drive labels.

Anyway, you can ask for a refund if you aren't satisfied with the product within 30 days of purchase.
NTWind Software - Aug 16 2019 at 10:04am Copy Link
CFGuy @Alexander Avdonin,
Thanks so much for getting back to me and doing such a thorough job addressing my questions. One additional question I just thought of is this: I am a huge fan of the file explorer program "XYPlorer Professional", however my current "networked drives" are *VERY* slow for XYPlorer to access. Would using "Visual Subst" to set these drives up as "virtual drives" instead likely have any impact on the speed in which XYPlorer (or similar file explorer programs)? Again, thanks so much for your help.
Aug 17 2019 at 8:19am Copy Link
Alexander Avdonin @CFGuy
I'm afraid Visual Subst wouldn't change it. It really depends on your network performance and how XYPlorer accesses remote locations. Network drives created with Visual Subst are the same as network drives created with the NET USE command.
NTWind Software - Aug 17 2019 at 8:44am Copy Link
Bradley MacDonald I have been using Visual Subst for years. Very good product. Just purchased another copy. The tool simply works every time.

My regular use is in backups. When I plug in my external drives - sometimes they come up as drive G, sometimes as H, etc. So - I simply use Visual Subst to map whatever they come up as - as Drive T. All my backup and archiving routines - use drive T.

Very handy tool!!
Dec 21 2019 at 12:59pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! NTWind Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 22 2019 at 12:11am Copy Link
Jeroen Heijster Been using this for years, works perfectly.
Feb 5 2021 at 12:58am Copy Link
HJ User What is the difference between this and creating a shortcut folder to a folder that is elsewhere on the drive or network?
Feb 5 2021 at 1:30pm Copy Link
Jeremy J Gilomen Licensing question: It is licensed per user,
but simultaneous usage is not allowed.
So my question is this:
If I want to be able to use it simultaneously on multiple systems, do I need 1 License per system?
Jul 16 2021 at 10:36am Copy Link
Daniel User Interesting tool, as one can not only define the drive letter - but also the drive label. Good idea - BUT

the licensing scheme seems a little too complicate for me. I am a single user with 4 PCs in different rooms. Max situation is that the program is running on 4 PCs at the same time - but never used at the same time.

So 1 licence is enough or not? See also question above from Jeremy..

PS: Why Alexander must make it so complicated? The usual 1 user/many PCs rule should fit here too ;-) Will increase sells - uncertain users will not buy.
Jul 16 2021 at 4:07pm Copy Link
rob federer Paypal link keeps timing out....
Sorted now and purchased.
May 2 at 5:09am Copy Link

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