Best SUBST Alternative with Labels and UAC Support - Manage Virtual Drives Easily

Visual Subst is a handy utility which allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives. It solves 3 main issues with the built-in 'subst' command: it seamlessly creates drives for elevated applications, adds editable drive labels and restores virtual drives after reboots. Also, Visual Subst makes it easier to create, edit and remove virtual drives in a GUI way.

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You can use virtual drives everywhere – it’s so much easier to access files in a project directory you are currently working on using just a single drive letter. Visual Subst provides you with a clean, simple and distraction-free user interface where you can manage all your virtual drives at any time.

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Map Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox as Virtual Drives

Despite their names, all three services simply create a shared folder on your PC instead of an actual drive. Visual Subst is the easiest solution to map these shared folders as virtual drives with custom labels and drive letters, so that you can access your files in a much more convenient way.

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Add shared folders to Visual Subst to create virtual drives:

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How It Works

Generally, a virtual drive is a symbolic link in the local MS-DOS device namespace. It is just one more Windows feature added for backward compatibility with old programs and batch scripts.

Unfortunately, there are some significant limitations with the built-in ‘subst’ command under Windows Vista and above. Virtual drives created with ‘subst’ command aren’t visible for elevated applications (if you run a file manager or Command Prompt as administrator, you will realize that apps see these drives differently). You cannot define drive labels – label of the source drive is always used and it cannot be changed. All virtual drives are removed when the user logs off or restarts the computer.

Visual Subst makes virtual drives usable again under newest versions of Windows:

Command Line Usage

You can run VSubst.exe from the command line in the same way as the built-in ‘subst’ command:

VSUBST [drive1: [drive2:]path] [drive label]

For example, map C:\Users\Alexander\Projects to drive P: and define label “Projects”:

VSUBST P: C:\Users\Alexander\Projects Projects

To remove a virtual drive, run:


For example, remove drive P:


If you run VSubst.exe without parameters, it opens the GUI with the list of current virtual drives.

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Visual Subst runs only on Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista (32-bit and 64-bit). The native 64-bit version is included in the setup package and installed automatically.

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