Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.
I seen a few programs out there that seem to claim to do the dirty work of deteting files or folders with long file names or file paths.
Those programs for the most part are either trials that don't work unless you pay for the program and then whose to say they will work.
Of course the recommended procedure would be to try and delete the file by its short name, which is how it is often viewed from MS-DOS.
It can also be viewed by booting to any boot disk and going to the root directory of C: and following the paths by typing cd or the dir command.
The del command is for deleting a file of folder.
For example if you can get to the root directory of C: and type dir it will give you a list of files and folder on drive C:
Here is an example of deleting the windows folder from drive C: (please do not do this, this is only an example)
del C:\ Windows
Some folders have longer file names and will be shortend to 8 charicters.
Here are some useful MS-DOS commands.
cd =change directory
attrib *.* -r -h -s =makes most read only, hidden or system files deletable.
md or mkdir =makes a new directory
dir or dir /p = lists what is in a directory the /p pauses once the screen is full and allows slower manual scrolling of larger directories.
copy =allows copying of named file/folder to another location.
rmdir or rd =remove directory (example rmdir C: Windows) If this command was used, it would remove the folder called windows.
rename or ren =rename file or folder (example rename C: Windows windowsold) this would rename the windows folder windowsold.
Please read this information.http://winhlp.com/node/39
If you really need to find a dos boot disk, you could use an old windows 95,98 or windows ME boot disk.
But those are also easy to find on the web.
I wish you luck.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 28 August 2010 - 12:16 AM.