Windows: Enable generation of 8.3 Names

Hi,

in newer Versios of Windows the generation of the DOS Style 8.3 names is disabled by default.

If you need this “feature” you can either enabled it globally on a system or on a per volumes basis.

Check the current state

D:\> fsutil.exe 8dot3name query
The registry state is: 2 (Per volume setting - the default).
D:\> fsutil.exe 8dot3name query D:
The volume state is: 1 (8dot3 name creation is disabled).
The registry state is: 2 (Per volume setting - the default).

Based on the above two settings, 8dot3 name creation is disabled on D:

To enable it for all volumes

D:\> fsutil 8dot3name set 0

Or for a specific volume

D:\> fsutil 8dot3name set D: 0

and to disable it

D:\> fsutil 8dot3name set D: 1

Michael

Reference: Technet

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