Visual Subst

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Virtual drives in effect

Visual Subst is a great, free (gpl) Windows software, that is part of the category Software utilities with subcategory CD & DVD (more specifically Virtual Drives).

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Since we added this program to our catalog in 2007, it has managed to obtain 22,887 installations, and last week it had 22 downloads.

About the download, Visual Subst is a reasonably light software that does not require as much storage than the average program in the section Software utilities. It’s a program frequently downloaded in United States, United Kingdom, and India.

Its current version is 1.0.6 and was updated on 5/19/2009. It’s available for users with the operating system Windows 2000 and prior versions, and you can download it in English.

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

Generally, a virtual drive is just a symbolic link in the Local MS-DOS Device namespace. It is one more of Windows features being added for backward compatibility with old programs.

So virtual drives are objects of the operating system, and Visual Subst just can create, enumerate and delete these objects. All local MS-DOS device names are removed when the user is logging off. To handle this issue, Visual Subst saves the list of virtual drives into an INI-file and can load them the next time.