I am running a batch file that automatically maps a network drive on start up using the "net use" command:

net use d:\\server\share <mypassword> /user:<user>

This works fine as the result in Windows Explorer shows:

\\server\share (D:)

I would like to give the share a different name though. Is there a way to provide some sort of alias in the net use command for the network mapped drive?

  • Try this `subst i: d:`
    – Ankit
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 11:12
  • where does this fit in with the above net use command?
    – stoic
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 11:13
  • Sorry it doesn't fit in net use command, but might help to use after it as a separate command.
    – Ankit
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 11:16

1 Answer 1


I'm assuming that you want some sort of friendly label on the drive, so rather than saying "\\server\share," it says "Sales Reports" or whatever is in the share. Here's how you do it.

set driveUNC=\\server.domain.local\ShareName

REM Map the network drive.
net use * %driveUNC%

REM Alter the string a bit to come up with the registry key name.
set driveUNC=%driveUNC:\=#%

REM Change the drive's label in the registry.
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2\%driveUNC%" /v  "_LabelFromDesktopINI" /t REG_SZ /d "Drive Label Goes Here" /f

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