Visual Subst: Automatically Create Virtual Drives for Your Desired Folder in Windows Explorer

We have posted about the "subst" DOS command in past which allows you to create a virtual drive for your desired folder in Windows Explorer which helps in quick and easy access to your frequently used folders.

Create a Virtual Drive for Your Desired Folder in My Computer Using Subst Command

Today we are going to share a small and portable utility "Visual Subst" which helps in creating these virtual drives quickly and easily by providing a GUI instead of manually creating the drives using the DOS command.

Visual Subst is a small tool that allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives. It uses the same API similar to the console 'subst' utility, but makes it easier to create and remove virtual drives in a GUI way.


It can be used in almost all Windows versions including XP, Vista and 7.

Visual Subst does not require installation. It is fully portable because all settings are stored into a .INI file. However there is a simple installer provided which will help you to create some program shortcuts.

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  • hi vishal about my recent post on another article.

    i still havent found a solution for a virtual disc drive in my explorer.

    do u have any tuts regarding subst or for removing virtual drives via cmd? ^^

    disk management doesnt work for me. it doesnt display the virtual drive there.

    thanks a lot.

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try the command to remove virtual drive mentioned in following tutorial:

  • Hello Vishal!

    This is absolutely a great application, thank you!

    I just have one question about this (if you know).
    When I create a drive, I want it to be named "Video (V)", but once I create it, it simply says "Eric (V)" and I can't rename it.

    While trying to rename it I get the error "State a valid volume label" (Translated from Swedish, I hope you understand)

  • Hi VG !!!
    In latest Firefox 3.7 alphapre 5 you can move tab into top by defaults. I liked :D

  • VG

    You can't rename it. It takes the same label as the parent drive containing the folder.

  • VG

    You can't rename it. It takes the same label as the parent drive containing the folder.

  • Okay, well thanks anyway :)

  • I use Total Commander's toolbar button for same feature.
    It call VBScript for "subst" drive creation, which was written by me.
    I can share it, if you want

  • I don't quite get the usefulness of this utility.

    First let me begin I don't normally use cmd line, I just use Win Expl.

    If there is a directory (folder in Windows terms) that I use often why not just click on it itself.

    Sorry if this question is naive, but I don't get it. what purpose does it serve?

  • VG

    ^^ Suppose you frequently access a folder "E:\Setup\Multimedia\Media Player\Songs", instead of going so deep in the path, you can simply create a virtual drive for "Songs" folder and you can access it in s single step.

  • ok makes more sense now. sounds like it's a shortcut to a deeply embedded folder. I'll give it a shot.


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