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

2 Answers 2


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.


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

  • 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, 2022 at 11:57

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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