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Windows 10 – Enabling long file names


With older versions of Windows Operating Systems, you would of run into the infamous ” the file name is too long for the destination folder”. This drove some techs crazy when managing their file servers.

Windows 10 can now support long file and folder names once its turned on. It allows up to 32,767 characters for file/folder names. Compared to the 256 characters in previous versions.

To enable this do the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  3. Double click LongPathsEnabled
  4. Set to 1 and click OK
  5. Reboot

Enable via Group Policy:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Filesystem > Enable NTFS long paths