Microsoft KB Archive/104017

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DEL /P Command on an NTFS Partition Uses MS-DOS 8.3 Filenames


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


Under Windows NT, if you use the DEL /P command on an NTFS partition, it uses the eight-character filename, three character extension (8.3) convention instead of long filenames when prompting for confirmation.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 3.1 and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Open a Windows NT command prompt (CMD.EXE) from the Main group and enter the following command:

    copy con

    Type this is a test, press ENTER, type ^Z, and press ENTER again.

  2. Enter the command DEL *.xxx /P.

    When you are prompted for confirmation, the filename is in 8.3 format as follows:

    ABCDEF~1.XXX, Delete (Y/N)? y

Additional query words: prodnt MS-DOS 8.3 filenames

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

Last Reviewed: October 27, 2000
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