Junction Link Magic (340 kB - Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7)
is a utility that lets you create junction points with
Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows
Server 2008 and Windows 7.
Junction Link Magic automatically lists existing junction points, and it offers
an easy interface to add, modify or remove junction points.
Junction Link Magic is freeware.
DISCLAIMER: FOR EXPERIENCED USERS ONLY!
Acknowledgement: parts of the Junction Link Magic code are courtesy of:
Note: if you just want to link a file instead of a folder, this is called a hard
link. Take a look at Hermann Schinagl's free program Hard Link Shell Extension.
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A junction point is a special type of reparse point. Reparse points
are redirections in the Windows file system. There are 3 types of reparse points:
- Symbolic links - can be thought of as a shortcut to a file or folder elsewhere in
the file system
- Junction points - can only point to a folder
- Mount points - is a folder on a disk that points to an entire disk volume
Junction Link Magic will list all 3 types, not only junction links. With Junction
Link Magic, you can also create and remove junction links.
A junction point is a technology for a folder to be grafted into another folder
on the same local computer.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it can remove a lot of clutter. It also
helps a lot when moving programs from one place to another, since just about every
program in the Windows world expects to never be moved from the directory it was
E.g. moving your "Program Files" directory contents to another drive, and linking
the original "Program Files" directory to this new location.
With junction points you can also surpass the 26 drive letter limitation.
Junction points are transparent to programs.
Starting with Windows Vista, junction points are used extensively in the Windows
operating system. Several of the special folders in Windows, such as the "Documents
and Settings" folder, are shown as shortcuts to other folders, but are actually
Unfortunately, Windows comes with almost no tools for creating junctions.
Prior to Windows Vista, you had to purchase the Windows Resource Kit, which offers
the LINKD program for creating junctions.
In Vista, there is the MKLINK utility for the command line, which is not easy to
So that's where Junction Link Magic comes in...
Junction points can only be created on volumes formatted with NTFS 5.0 or higher.
NTFS 5.0 is supported in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and higher.