Help with copying too long file name(s)

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Support' started by fdm2000, Oct 13, 2018.

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  1. fdm2000


    May 18, 2013
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    Running Win 7 pro on a Dell desktop

    Trying to copy family genealogy files from an external HDD to a folder on my internal HDD but keep getting the following popup ..."the file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder -you can shorten the file name and try again". The files are numerous and it would be an extreme time consuming operation to attempt shortening the files many of which would lose their identity. I am aware that MS has established a numerical character limit to files but have read that there are ways to circumvent this limit. Either with software apps or registry tweeks. A MS MVP showed how to tweak the registry but it apparently was for a non Win 7 version.

    Can anyone suggest a reliable method for transferring multiple files that exceed the MS limits? Any assistance would be appreciated.

    fdm2000, Oct 13, 2018
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    TrainableMan ^ The World's First ^ Moderator

    May 10, 2010
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    this thread is now closed.
    This is a very rare problem so if you truly need software then run a google search or better yet just rename the lower level folders to something more reasonable in size. The limit for the entire path is just over 250 chars so rename folder names more succinct (like Pictures to P, etc.) and it should quickly be under the limit.

    This type question is used as a set-up by companies trying to get free advertising to post their stupid software as a solution.
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    TrainableMan, Oct 16, 2018
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