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Why can't I delete a file on a Win2k Pro machine?

I'm trying to delete a file on a Win2k Pro machine. It says it cannot find the file when using command prompt. When using Windows Explorer, it generates an error saying the file can't be deleted/moved/copied, etc. How do you delete a file with a name that may be too long? And why did it let the file be created in the first place?

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More than likely, the file name is corrupt, or it's using invalid characters. Try removing the file using its short file name. To find that, type dir /x at the command prompt and make note of the file name.

This was first published in August 2003

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