subst: Associates a path with a drive letter.
The command: "subst" is on Windows 11, 10, .. available
The examples for the command "subst"
It appears that you are in the Windows Command Prompt on a computer running Microsoft Windows XP operating system and are using the `SUBST`
command in this context allows drive letters to be assigned to specific paths. Here are some examples of how you can use the command:
Example 1: Assigning a virtual disk:
SUBST X: C:\Example\Path
- This command assigns the path `C:\Example\Path`
to the drive letter `X:`
Example 2: List the virtual disks:
- Without parameters, this command will display all virtual drives created with `SUBST`
Example 3: Unmapping a virtual disk:
SUBST X: /D
- This command will unmap the virtual drive `X:`
Used the `SUBST /?`
command to display help for the `SUBST`
command. This help provides information about the possible options and syntaxes of the command.
"subst" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19045.3693]
(c) Copyright 1985-2023 Microsoft Corp.
Associates a path with a drive letter.
SUBST [drive1: [drive2:]path]
SUBST drive1: /D
drive1: Specifies a virtual drive to which you want to assign a path.
[drive2:]path Specifies a physical drive and path you want to assign to
a virtual drive.
/D Deletes a substituted (virtual) drive.
Type SUBST with no parameters to display a list of current virtual drives.
Important information, tips for the "subst" command
There are a few important points to note when using the `SUBST` command:
1. Assignment Persistence:
- The virtual drives created with `SUBST` are only valid for the current session and will be lost after restarting the computer. If you want a persistent association, you should use a mechanism such as registration or startup script customization.
2. Physical disk collisions:
- Make sure that the assigned drive letters do not collide with existing physical drives or network drives.
- Make sure you have sufficient permissions to use `SUBST`. The command typically requires administrator rights.
4. Mapping to network drives:
- It is possible to apply `SUBST` to network drives too. However, please note that this may cause problems under certain circumstances, especially if the network connection is not stable.
5. Display current assignments:
- Use `SUBST` without parameters to display all current mappings. This can be helpful to ensure that the virtual disks were created correctly.
-- Alternatives to the `SUBST` command:
1. Network drives:
- You can use network drives to access remote resources. This provides a stable and persistent way to access files and folders.
2. Symbolic Links:
- Starting with Windows Vista, you can use the `MKLINK` command to create symbolic links. These can also serve as replacements for virtual drives.
3. Group Policies and Login Scripts:
- In enterprise environments, you can use Group Policy or logon scripts to control user-level drive mappings.
It is important to note that the choice between `SUBST` and alternatives depends heavily on the specific requirements and scenario. If persistent drive mappings are required or network drives are to be accessed, alternatives may be more suitable.