Thursday, October 1, 2015

Error deleting files with long names

Recently I needed to remove a shared folder and found it contained files with extremely long filenames.  Unfortunately, Windows was unable to rename or delete the files. 

For the solution, I found two options.  The first is using Robocopy.  Create a new empty folder.  Run Robocopy and set the source as the new empty folder and the destination as the path/folder you want to delete.  End the Robocopy command line with a /purge.

The second solution is using 7-Zip.  If you don't already use this as your zipping/unzipping tool, you should.  Open 7-Zip File Manager and navigate to the problematic folder and perform a Shift-Delete.
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