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Cant Use Long File Names

By rar ·
Win 98 user (stand-alone) tries to install an app that cancels when it looks for its first LFN. Short FN are accessed OK. Win Explorer shows names truncated at 8 with no long name. A DOS DIR also shows truncation (no ~ in pos.7) and no long names at the right of the line. XCOPY works (from the CD to C:) only until it hits the 1st LFN. It is obviously only recognizing the 8.3 format. Is there a registry key that says -only use 8.3 format ??? The user has been using only DOS apps so it hasnt been a problem until now. The CPU is a 2-year old Dell 1st ed with no updates.

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by dft3 In reply to Cant Use Long File Names

I'm assuming that you have 98 installed on a FAT32 partition. If that is the case, then more than likely the DOS applications are having a problem with that file system. You may have to use Fat16 in order for this to work.

There's no way to convert from Fat32 to Fat16, so you'll have to delete the partition and then format it in Fat16 for this to work.

Good Luck!

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by SyscoKid In reply to Cant Use Long File Names

As I understand, you are trying to copy or install from a CD. Then I would say you have a CD that's formatted for Unix using the RockRidge format or something similar.

The symptoms you are describing are exactly like those in this previously-asked question:

http://www.techrepublic.com/trbbs/message_detail.jhtml?thread_id=11949&thread_title=RockRidge+CD+on+Windows&invalidate=1

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by john.cahill In reply to Cant Use Long File Names

Check the following registry Key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem, Win31FileSystem key. If this key is set to 1 change to 0 to enable LFN support.

Hope this helps

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by kwflick In reply to Cant Use Long File Names

I have run into this problem before. It happens when you have a hard drive with more than one partition. What causes it has to do with how the drive was set up. This is caused by creating an extended partition using fdisk from a dos command window running in windows then formatting the drive in windows.

The fdisk and format commands should be run only from a boot disk. To fix this problem back up any files that you want to keep from the offending partition. Then boot with a boot disk containing fdisk and format. Run fdisk with large drive support and delete the offending partition then recreate it. Then reboot with the boot disk and format the new partition.

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by marleysinternetcafe In reply to Cant Use Long File Names

are you loading cd drivers ( mscdex ) in your config.sys and autoexec.bat. I found this same problem with this.

Andy

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