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Gave a file a bad name by accident and now I can't do anything with it

How do I rename an inaccessible file in Windows 2000? I gave it a bad filename, with too many spaces, and now I can do nothing with it. It won't allow me to open it, copy it, rename it, delete it, examine its properties...nothing! It just sits there - inaccessible. How can I get at it to change its filename to something sensible please? I'm desperate! (P.S. I don't have a virus.)

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You probably need a third party tool such as Norton Disk Doctor or NTFS4DOS (www.sysinternals.com). Disk Doctor may locate and automatically remove the file for you. NTFS4DOS may allow you to rename the file from a DOS boot floppy without having Windows 2000 get in the way and prevent the change.

This was first published in February 2002

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