The Windows OS has a 255 character filename/folderpath character limit. But every folder/file name has a Windows 8.3 alias associated with it that is 8 characters long.
What I need is a background utility or Windows add-on that forces Windows to use 8.3 aliases instead of long names.
But to the user, Windows always *displays* the long name so the end user does not experience "filename or extension is too long" error.
Please forward questions - I will be happy to answer them quickly.
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*"Why do you need this?"*
Manually moving/Copying/Deleting directory trees from one location to another or scripts traversing directory structures with huge names. Any function that would produce the error "filename or extension is too long". To resolve situations where users name their files with insanely-long names thus causing conflicts with Microsoft's 255 char limitation when doing anything at the root folder that recursively affects every child object below.
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*"What do you need this application for?"*
I need a utility or filesystem "wrapper" that is not application-specific. Basically, anytime Windows accesses files with this app running in the background, Windows should use short names to minimize the occurrance of running into the 255 charater limit. And when displaying files or paths, it would display the long name.
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Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista and Server 2000/2003 platforms.