Windows 7 support bugs for paths longer then 256 characters RRS feed

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  • I have opened an account just to post to this forum in hopes the below will be submitted as a bug ticket and to potentially save others from DAYS of frustration.

    It relates to 256 path length limit which now a days I believe can be very easily reached; I did when attempting to restore my 'Users' folder backups.

    Here are some peculiarities that I have noticed:

    1. Windows copying service would crash/fail silently when attempting to copy my Users folder backup to my new user's account Desktop folder.

     - it would be "preparing to copy" and just silently fail --- no errors in the windows logs either.
     - copying the backup to the root of my new drive should technically work as the path limit would not be reached but I also had the copying silently fail during 'preparing to copy' --- any idea why? 

    2. Coping the folder with utility like FastCopy http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en worked HOWEVER:
    - the folder properties view (right click on folder > properties) only shows totals for paths less then 256 characters.
    - moving the folder to the root of my drive and checking properties results in the correct summary values --- see attached image that shows the same folder (but in a different root directory) with different summaries. 

    Feel free to ask for more info.


    Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:35 PM


  • Hi,


    That’s the limitation of folder name.


    Path limit is 248 characters.
    And Path+Filename limit is 260 characters.


    Please refer:




    Leo   Huang



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