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Windows 7: Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)

11 May 2014   #11
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Nice to know Unlocker worked for you. It's helped out here in the past.

Avoid TuneUp Utilities however as it and all other tweaking suites cause problems.

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07 Aug 2017   #12

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

For future reference, you could use the SUBST command to assign a drive letter to a long path. This will shorten the path, allowing you to run the commands.

Open a command prompt. Run the SUBST command -- put the actual path, rather than c:\aaaaaaaaaaa.... -- but leave out the actual folder name that you want to delete, so that the path will get you to that folder but won't include it.

SUBST x: c:\aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa\bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb\cccccccccccccccccccccccc\etc

Now, change to that folder by typing X: <ENTER>

Type DIR <ENTER>. You should see the folder listed that you want to delete. Delete it.

The thing that makes this work is that your path will be three characters long, plus the name length of the folder you want to delete, plus one backslash (""), well within the maximum allowable path length.
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