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Old 08-16-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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Just wondering what the maximum length for Windows 2000 and XP for files and folders?

As guys here at work have such long file and folder names and i cant seem to move them or copy them and i dont really want to go through each one and change it.
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:28 PM   #2
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are you in command prompt when you do this?
If so.. This is how it may work.

thisfo~1.exe

or for folders. c:\documents and settings would be.
c:\Docume~1\username\

or if the folder is c:\Local Settings. you would type:
c:\localS~1\
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:39 PM   #3
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sorry this is all being done in Win2k or winxp.
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:43 PM   #4
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You can change the length of the max amount of letters ina file name?
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Old 08-17-2005, 12:04 AM   #5
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The maximum filename length in Windows XP is 255 characters. Keep in mind that this number includes the pathname and the extension.

So, for example, if you have a file named 'stuff.txt' in the root directory, C:\, it would be nine characters long. However, if you moved that file into a subfolder named 'things', it would then have sixteen characters (don't forget the slash). The maximum filename length cannot be changed in Windows.
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Old 08-17-2005, 06:12 PM   #6
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Is this the same for Win2K?
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:27 PM   #7
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Yes, Windows 2000 has the same max as Windows XP.
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