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Article ID: 258625 - Last Review: October 20, 2013 - Revision: 3.2

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When you try to remove a virtual drive that was created by using the subst command, you may receive an "Access denied" error message. This behavior occurs if you are using a domain user account.


There are restrictions in Windows 2000 on what operations can be performed on operating system-level objects. Allowing the subst command to work would open up other security holes, such as being able to destroy the drive C object.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information, see this article which contains a hotfix to resolve this issue:

265351  ( ) Substituted Drives Are Persistent for Users on a Computer

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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