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Microsoft KB Archive/101654

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Unable to Delete File or Directory in File Manager

Article ID: 101654

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1

This article was previously published under Q101654


An attempt to delete or manipulate a file or directory fails.


The name of the file or directory ends with a space or a period. Because the Win32 file naming convention does not allow trailing spaces or periods, File Manager cannot delete such a file. Applications developed for Windows NT should not support creating such a file.


To delete one of these files or directories, type DIR /X in a Windows NT Command Prompt to determine its shortname. Then specify the shortname to the DEL command.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: KB101654