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Registry hack for Long Path names in Windows 10 over 260 characters

Published: Sunday, October 18, 2020 written by Andy Flagg
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Keywords: Windows 10, Long Path Names, Long File Names, Registry Hack, 260 Limitation



There is a long path registry hack. You have to have admin privileges to edit the registry.
 
Step 1: Go to the Long Path Name location in the Registry:
 
     HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
 
Step 2: On the right, find a value named LongPathsEnabled and double-click it. If you don’t see the value listed, you’ll need to create it by right-clicking the FileSystem key, choosing New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and then naming the new value LongPathsEnabled .
 
Step 3. You can now close Registry Editor and restart your computer (or sign out of your account and sign back on). If you ever want to reverse the changes, just head back to the LongPathsEnabled value and set it from 1 back to 0.
 
The result will look like this if you export the entry:
 
     [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
     "LongPathsEnabled"=dword:00000001
 
REF: https://www.howtogeek.com/266621/how-to-make-windows-10-accept-file-paths-over-260-characters/
 
PS: I had to send out the .reg file to about 500 different users/computers in the past few weeks because of long paths and filenames. It worked. Just put the exported registry .reg file in a zip file to email it as an attachment.
 
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