Solve “The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder” problem of Windows

It sometimes occur that a file in Windows OS is unable to be deleted due to its long name (Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8), which is a bug of Windows OS for long time. When you want to delete it, the system pops up:

Destination Path Too Long. The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder.

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The powerful bootable USB stick

There are several solutions to solve this issue either by installing special software or use complicated DOS commands which does not always work. I found a very useful way to delete these annoying files with long file names. Use a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu OS!

Just insert the USB stick to the USB port of the computer which has problematic files, then boot the computer through USB. As soon as Ubuntu OS works, find the problematic files on the hard disk of the computer, delete them. That is fine.

How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows?

The question is how to get a bootable USB stick? Follow the tutorial How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows:

To run Ubuntu from a USB stick, the first thing you need to do is insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space into your PC.

The easiest way to put Ubuntu onto your stick is to use the USB installer provided at www.pendrivelinux.com. You’ll need to download and install and follow the instructions.

Download Pen Drive Linux’s USB Installer

1 Select ‘Ubuntu’ from the dropdown list.

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2 Click ‘Browse’ and open the downloaded ISO file.

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3 Choose the USB drive and click ‘Create’.

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For Ubuntu OS users, you can also use the default application Startup Disk Creator in Ubuntu to make a bootable USB stick.

7 thoughts on “Solve “The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder” problem of Windows

  1. Anand shaw

    use “Long path tool” is very helpful for this problem. You can solve this problem like copy,

    delete, long path files by using this tool.

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  2. Anu Mehta

    I work in a company where I need to do lot of copying work and others, basically file handling and organising. This was a real mess for me untill I found GS RichCopy 360. My company bought its enterprise version because of its so many features like data compression before copying, multi threaded file transfer and its simplicity. Try it, hope it helps!

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  3. Kumnar Namki

    Long path tool? Does that even work I mean it could work but for just one single problem why not get something which solves all! Look man, its fine to use it but it didn’t exactly worked for me. Why not get something of more use! Well, I used a software named GS RichCopy 360 which did very well in all aspects of copying files as well as providing speedy file transfers. Surely recommend this one.

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  4. Mia lee

    This an evil error. Trust me when I see this error I loose my mind. I work in a company where I need to do lot of copying work and others, basically file handling and organising. This was a real mess for me untill I found GS RichCopy 360. My company bought its enterprise version because of its so many features like data compression before copying, multi threaded file transfer and its simplicity. Try it, hope it helps!

    Reply

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