Fix “File Name Too Long” in windows

  1. press windows key + R
  2. Type “regedit”
  3. Press the enter key
  4. Optional: backup registry – to skip go to step 13
  5. Click “File” in the top left
  6. Click “Export” in the context menu
  7. Choose a directory and filename your likely to remember
  8. Click save
  9. Optional: Restore Registry – to skip go to step 13
  10. Click “File” in the top left
  11. Click “Import”
  12. Navigate to and select the .reg export file we mad earlier.
  13. The left hand pane works the same as windows file explorer.
  14. Navigate to: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem” in the left pane.
  15. On the right hand pane look for “LongPathsEnabled”
  16. If you found it skip to step 19, otherwise continue to next step.
  17. on the right hand pane right click on the empty white space and click “New”, then select “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
  18. Input “LongPathsEnabled” as the name.
  19. Double click on the “LongPathsEnabled” entry to edit it.
  20. Set the “Value data” value to “1”.
  21. Click “ok”
  22. close the registry editor and restart your PC.

  1. Thanks for the helpful steps and I would add it is easy to move a bulk of long file paths anywhere using Gs Richcopy 360 or “Long Path Tool” . Also shorten the pathname is a free workable way

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