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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 01:55 PM

Hi,

I'm using Windows XP (with SP2) and I've got a few files on my computer that I can't do anything with because the filenames are too long. If I double click them, they don't open and if I right click I get a different menu with only six menu items. If I select open from the list, I get an error saying there was a problem with the file. I can't rename or copy the files.

Please could someone tell me how to get these files to work?

Thanks,
Joe

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 04:06 PM

Rename them.
Example: 1234567890abcdefg.txt, change to 1.txt

If the Directory is creating the long name transfer the file to the C:\ directory.


To change the name of a file or folder
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 05:53 PM

I have ran into problems during imaging for files with filenames greater that 256 characters. To be honest, I am not sure if it is ok to rename them. That would depend on what the file is being used for. I would look to see what folders are containing the files.

An idea. Download Atribune's ATF cleaner. It is an excellent tool to do cleaning with. Be sure to close all programs that have running on your task bar when running the tool. If you have questions, you can visit us in chat. Atri is usually around somewhere :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:07 AM

I can't rename the files. If I right click the file, no rename option appears. If I click on the file and then click it again a second later, which normally allows you to rename the file, or I select File > Rename from the menu, I just get the error noise that Windows makes when it's not going to do something.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 04:31 AM

Have you tried to rename it in safe mode? What kind of files are they?
Please upload the files at Jotti or Virustotal and post back the result to see whether they contain malware.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 01:08 PM

I have an mp3 file and a pdf file that I'm having trouble with. I tried uploading at Jotti and Virustotal, but I just got messages saying 'The above file is invalid'.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 01:17 PM

Have you checked the files Properties?
Right click the folder, and select Properties.
Make sure it's not set to Read-only.
If it is, uncheck it, click Apply, and click OK.
Now try to delete it.

If none of the above works, here are a couple of programs, you can try:

Eraser
Unlocker
Delete DEoctor

There's also this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article that might be helpful:
How To Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 08:36 PM

I had a similar problem. What I did I renamed a folder in the path where the files concerned were. It shortened the path and I could eventually rename the file to something much shorter.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 02:06 PM

Thanks LadyGahan. I renamed the folder and now the files work fine.

Thanks everyone else who replied for your help too.

Best Wishes,
Joe




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