I have a local folder,
X:\Source\Q_Project that I want to map to the
Q: drive letter. I use a shortcut that points to a batch file for this. The batch file is:
@echo off subst q: /d subst q: X:\Source\Q_Project
This worked just fine in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - I was able to see the
Q: drive from Windows Explorer and from any other 32/64-bit program, including the console, etc.
Under Windows 8 Home 64-bit, this no longer works. I have UAC off (only through the UI so it's not really, really off but warnings are off anyway). The shortcut is set to run as administrator under the
When I double-click the shortcut, the batch file executes and the
Q: drive is visible from one particular program, Far Manager (32-bit console application, running as administrator). If I launch a process through Far Manager, that process also sees the
Q: drive. Anything that I try to launch through File Explorer or other desktop shortcuts don't see the subst'd drive. If I run a shortcut with
Run as administrator, those programs will see the
This is driving me crazy - is there a way to fix this in this sorry excuse of an OS? Windows 7 worked perfectly with this (I was running as an actual admin under Windows 7 but under Windows 8 I'm trying to see if it's possible to do it 'right' - so far this seems to fail, I keep having to run everything as an admin).
Is the only option to truly turn off UAC and run as an actual admin? I know it'll kill all Metro apps but that's fine by me.
Note: a permanent mapping through the registry won't work for me (I have one of those, too). I need to be able to re-map the
Q: drive frequently to different source code repositories without having to log off / restart.