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Why can't the Windows 2000 version of Windows Explorer display files or folders that have a path longer than 259 characters?

A. A bug in the Win2K version of Windows Explorer and the search feature prevent the OS from displaying files or folders in paths longer than 259 characters. This bug affects only searches you perform on your local system; it doesn't affect users who connect over a network. To work around this problem, you can take any of the following steps:

  • From a command prompt session, use the 8.3 file naming convention to access files or folders.
  • Use the Net Use command to create a network path to your local drive.
  • Use the Subst command to create a new drive letter to a point in the path. For example,
    subst g: d:\path\path2\path3
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