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#1 sleepyjim

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:05 AM

In this file:

C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\xxxxxxx


the tilde, is it used as abbreviation like program files?



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Edited by sleepyjim, 29 January 2010 - 03:38 AM.


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 04:37 AM

From your example, it looks like you're asking about the names of the folders, rather than the file itself? If so, then yes, the tilde serves the same function as it does in the name of an individual file. When a long file or folder name is displayed in 8.3 format, the first six characters are followed by the tilde and a digit to allow for multiple names starting with the same letters. So PROGRA~1 on a Windows system is the 8.3 rendition of the Program Files folder.

Edited by Platypus, 29 January 2010 - 04:38 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:28 PM

For more information see here: The tilde (~) file in Windows and what it means.

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