Microsoft KB Archive/103923

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Files with Umlauts Cannot be Seen on Shared NTFS Partition


The information in this article applies to:

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


When displaying an NTFS or HPFS directory listing on a Windows NT Advanced Server across a network from a non-Windows NT computer, one with Windows for Workgroups installed for example, if any of the filenames contain umlauts, all of the files in the directory may not be listed. This problem does not occur on a FAT partition.

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. On a Windows NT computer, use File Manager to share an NTFS partition containing approximately 150 files, including some that contain umlauts in the filenames.
  2. From a Windows for Workgroups computer on the same network, connect to that share.
  3. From the computer with Windows for Workgroups, delete some files (one by one) with File Manager. After a while, File Manager shows the wrong number of files in the directory.
  4. Press F5 and note that the files with umlauts are still not displayed.
  5. Close and restart File Manager. Note that the files still are not displayed.



Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. This problem was corrected in the latest U.S. Service Pack for Windows NT and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. For information on obtaining the Service Pack, query on the following word in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


Additional query words: wfw wfwg prodnt

Keywords : kbnetwork
Issue type :
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNTWsearch kbWinNTW310 kbWinNTSsearch kbWinNTS310 kbWinNTAdvSerSearch kbWinNTAdvServ310 kbWinNTS310xsearch kbWinNT310xSearch kbWinNTW310Search

Last Reviewed: October 27, 2000
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