Long directory / file name support PLEASE Ms in a Windows update

  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #1

    Long directory / file name support PLEASE Ms in a Windows update


    Hi there

    Please Ms can you fix the restriction of file + directory (folder) name length so they can be LONGER than approx 200 Chars

    For normal office type documents long file names won't be encountered very often but if you have large capacity HDD's with a lot of say Music files on them decently tagged with meaningful names it's easy to bump up against the restriction.

    While some native programs might have no problem - anything that uses say file explorer to search / browse / manipulate the files will come up against the restriction and the name display will be truncated to 8 chars (from the old Dos 8.3 labelling scheme).

    The files will still play in VLC or whatever but if you don't know what you are playing it renders the clients essentially USELESS. !!!!

    Some of my Windows clients are unable to correctly see the proper names of my music files from my NAS and I don't want to have to go through WEEKS of re-naming, re-tagging etc etc.

    This is what I mean

    NAS files :

    Long directory / file name support PLEASE Ms in a Windows update-snapshot16.png


    Comes out in File explorer as follows :

    Long directory / file name support PLEASE Ms in a Windows update-snapshot17.png


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
       #2

    It seems as if MS may have introduced that change, then maybe withdrawn it, 'cos there are articles referring to a GPO option (which requires a matching entry in application manifests, apparently - Winaero).

    I can't see the GPO, and there is the same comment at the end of Winaero's article. Hmm.
    Is it in the latest Insiders' Build?

    How to enable NTFS Long Paths in Windows 10 - Winaero
    Microsoft removes 260 character limit for NTFS Path in new Windows 10 Insider Preview - MSPoweruser
    How to enable paths longer than 260 characters in Windows 10
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there

    Whatever the "technet" doc says - the wretched thing STILL doesn't work if say you use any sort of Media player where you use Browse File function on its menu -- as my first post shows.

    (NAS server - Linux Centos 7,1 -- Windows clients Windows 10 Pro x-64).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
       #4

    f14tomcat has confirmed the GPO doesn't exist in the latest insider's build... so no long path support...
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