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Microsoft KB Archive/106104

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Cannot Create Icons for Executables in Long Directories


The information in this article applies to:

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


Normally you should be able to drag and drop any program (executable file) from File Manager to an active program group in Program Manager in order to create a new icon in that group. If the directory in which the file resides has a 245 character-long name, the following error message appears:

Invalid Path: The Path is Invalid

The icon is created, but the path is truncated. If you try to start the program by double-clicking the icon, the following error message appears:

Application Execution Error: Cannot find file <drive><long- directory><file name> (or one of its components): check to ensure that the path and file name are correct and that all required libraries are available.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT. We are researching this problem and will post new information here as it becomes available.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords : kbother
Issue type :
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNTAdvSerSearch kbWinNTAdvServ310 kbWin3xSearch kbWin310

Last Reviewed: October 27, 2000
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