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I have several network storage drives that I've mapped in Windows. I'm wondering if I can change their assigned drive letters easily rather than disconnecting from them all and remapping in my preferred order.

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    You don't have to do them in a certain order. When you map the drive you can assign the drive letter at that point.
    – Ramhound
    May 18, 2015 at 17:24
  • I think you can rename them, and you can re-assign drive letters in Disk Management, but they need to be disconnected to do so. May 18, 2015 at 17:25
  • @Zacharee1, I don't think you can manage network drives like this in Disk Management. I do not see any of them listed there, and disconnecting the drives would mean essentially getting rid of that mapping. When I right click a network drive and select 'disconnect' the drive dissapears for good.
    – intA
    May 18, 2015 at 20:05
  • Like I said, there's no way to rename them, thanks to the way Windows works. I realized the Disk Management problem right after I posted it. May 18, 2015 at 20:06
  • It's not such a big chore: when you disconnect a network drive, the path remains in the drop-down list when you set up a new mapping, so it's only half a dozen clicks per drive.
    – AFH
    May 18, 2015 at 21:50

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Start → Run... (or just press Win+R)

Type: "regedit"

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Network\

There you will see a list of letters representing your mapped network drives.

Right-click the one you want to change and select "Rename". Type your desired new drive letter and close RegEdit.

Reboot.

Your network drive is now associated with the new drive letter.

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  • Brilliant! Thanks for this Aug 16, 2019 at 16:52
  • Reboot was even not needed on my Windows 10 2004
    – cid
    Jan 6, 2021 at 10:31
  • In order to not reboot, one may restart explorer.exe (the most casual way would be to have an Explorer window open, go to Task Manager - Processes tab, right-click Windows Explorer app, click Restart). This will mount under newly renamed letter, but old mounts will persist until reboot or manual disconnect (e.g. via right click menu)
    – Leeroy
    Mar 8 at 11:57
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In Windows Explorer, go to "This PC" and click "Map network drive".

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Now you can choose the network folder and change the drive letter. No reboot required.

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