Application Compantibility Toolkit - 8.3 short file names RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there a compatibility fix in the Application Compantibility Toolkit that will allow an old program that requires 8.3 short file names to run on a Windows 7 build where the 8.3 short file name support is not enabled?

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    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 3:25 AM


  • Hi,


    Based on my knowledge, I don’t a way to allow 8.3 short file name through ACT. But you could enable it in Windows 7.


    Here is how you enable the 8.3 file name:

    a. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
    b. Locate the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation value under the following key in the registry:


    c. Double click on NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation. Type 0 for value data and then clickOK.
    d. Quit Registry Editor.
    e. Restart the computer.


    Hope that helps

    William Tan

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:34 AM
    Friday, February 3, 2012 9:26 AM