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Windows 7: File name(s) would be too long . . .


05 Jul 2010   #1

W7 Ult x64
 
 
File name(s) would be too long . . .

I get the following message when attempting to copy/paste a folder(s):

The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path.

Any solution?

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05 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Windows 7 has a maximum path length limit of 260 characters (Path including filename). Exceeding that would result in the error you are seeing. See this page.

Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces (Windows)

The solution is obviously to flatten the file path structure- use shorter names in general and get rid of nesting and sub-nesting.

Try copying via the command prompt. Also make sure the source file is not locked in any way.
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06 Jul 2010   #3

W7 Ult x64
 
 

It is hard for me to believe that because Vista does not have this problem. Did MS realy make Windows 7 more difficult to use than Vista in this respect?
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06 Jul 2010   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Microsoft have provided a Hotfix for that prob:

You can find here:http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-wi...260-characters

Directly from MS to be requested:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982502/en-us
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07 Jul 2010   #5

W7 Ult x64
 
 

Non:
Thanks for the info.
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07 Jul 2010   #6
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
Non:
Thanks for the info.
You're Welcome!


Ps: type as "solved" in the upper right triangle "!" panel in this post so we will know its resolved!
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12 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
File name too long for destination when trying to delete

I get this now & then when I try to delete my "Sandbox" & it contains files in the temporary internet files folder of the sandbox with ridiculously long filenames.

Use 7-zip File Manager to navigate to the file/folder & delete from there. Works everytime for me.

Hope this helps!
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20 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey NoN, if I am reading this right churin did not mark it as solved. Therefore I would like to get a follow up question, if that is okay. I have been getting this message trying to restore files I saved on one Win 7 machine onto another Win 7 machine, both Pro x64. I understand your suggestion, and while I could install the hotfix I am reticent to do that. What I would think would be nice is a utility that allows me to easily find the file in question. I am surprised this is not contained in the error message.
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