Unable to remove a file

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  1. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Unable to remove a file


    Hi there,
    I have noticed that during backups that one of my files can't be removed.
    It's actually an old short cut and when I right click on it I only get two options, "Print" and "Send to".
    When I hit delete, I get the error "source path too long"...."the source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system".
    The file name is 206 characters.
    Any ideas please?
    Thanks
    Paul
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  2. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, you need to reduce the path length. There are many references and solutions posted on the internet. Essentially try renaming elements of the path so the total path + file name is < 255.

    Here's just one:
    How to fix Path Too Long and File Name is Too Long errors in Windows 2016 - YouTube

    You can also use 3rd party tools to help e.g.
    7-zip:
    "Source Path Too Long": How to Delete, Rename or Move these files/ folders in Windows | Easy Tipz
    Robocopy:
    Clint Boessen's Blog: How to Delete Files which exceed 255 Characters Without 3rd Party Tools
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  3. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ok will try that but note that as far as I can tell, the name is only 206 long.
    Just saw that the path is included in the number and that would definitely make it over 255.
    Last edited by stevenson53; 26 Mar 2017 at 06:22.
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  4. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    It's the total path name size - that's all the folders + file name- that matters.
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  5. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks again dalchina and will have a go tomorrow now.
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  6. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hi Dalchina,
    Well that was a very easy fix! Just reduced the folder names to a single letter each and the shortcut deleted straight away.
    Thanks, again!
    Cheers
    Paul
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  7. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Good. Seems sad we still need a workaround to deal with such things.
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  8. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Hi Dalchina,
    (sorry maybe I should have started a new thread)
    I have just found another folder with sub folders that I can't remove. I think it was an empty windows(old) folder.
    I have reduced the length of the path and that didn't work.
    The error says:
    "Could not find this item"
    "This is no longer located at C:\users\paul\desktop"
    "Verify the items location and try again"
    I have tried a few options from searches but not luck.
    I can cut and paste it from one drive to the other no problem which is why it's on the desktop.
    Please let me know if I should start a new thread.
    Thanks
    Paul
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  9. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    If that's the Windows.old you're referring to.

    That would exist if you've done an upgrade to 1607 recently, or an in-place upgrade repair install. Otherwise it would automatically be deleted by Windows - 10 days after a 1607 upgrade.
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  10. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Yes I think it's an old Windows folder but from last year when I had a rebuild but it didn't delete automatically and I recall the folder was called windows(old) or something like that. I tried to empty the contents and then the folders but that just left a set of empty folders (8) that I can't get rid of.
    I just tried to transfer the folder set to a portable hard drive and it copied all folders but the last in the sequence call "shellext". It left the full folder set on my desktop but I could delete it on the portable drive.
    They are not doing any harm but it annoys me that I can't delete them.
    I also had a windows upgrade folder but I got rid of that by uninstalling the program windows upgrade assistant.
    Thoughts please?
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