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Is it possible to change the target of a symlink or junction in Windows? In Linux it can be modified with:

ln -f
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With Windows Link Shell Extension installed, you can right-click on the link in Windows Explorer and check the properties. There is a tab that allows you to change the link directly.

Sorry I can't say if this is possible without the extension installed as it is one of the first things I install after Windows.

The Windows command link tool mklink does not allow this.

There are, however, Windows equivalents for Linux commands. ln.exe is one:

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This solution seems to work however I didn't test it thoroughly. – Jenea Jul 23 '12 at 9:32
wow! Link Shell Extension, also notably, includes a Symbolic Link Driver for Windows XP among it's downloads. – n611x007 Mar 27 '13 at 11:50
mklink would be the Windows-integrated command for linking (symbolic and hard). – Jinxed Feb 28 at 22:08
@Jinxed, I already said that mklink doesn't do what the OP asked. – Julian Knight Feb 29 at 22:36

Just remove and recreate the link. That's all that -f does in Linux anyway.

Also, here's a cool Windows Link Shell Extension.

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