In Windows 10 update, you will eventually abandon the fixed distance limit of 260 characters in Windows. Only make a little update to your Windows registry or Local Group Policy. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to make Windows 10 agree to take file paths over 260 characters.

Make Windows 10 agree to take file paths over 260 characters

To make Windows 10 agree to take file paths over 260 characters, follow this procedure step by step.

Method#1

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search bar and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. The Registry Editor screen will appear as the following image is showing.

Navigate through the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem

The following screen will appear.

As you will click the FileSystem option, the right pane of the screen will show a lot of options. Double click on the LongPathsEnabled option as highlighted in the above image. As you double click the option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Enter 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Registry Editor screen and restart the computer. If you want to again change the settings, put the Value data as 0 again.

Method#2

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search bar and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type gpedit.msc in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the OK button, the Local Group Policy Editor will appear like this.

Now navigate through the following path.

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Filesystem

The following screen will appear.

As soon as you click the FileSystem option, some options will appear at the right pane of the screen as highlighted in the above image. Double click the Enable Win32 long paths option. As you double click the option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Select the Enabled radio button. Click the Apply and then the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Local Group Policy Editor screen and restart your computer.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to make Windows 10 agree to take file paths over 260 characters.

How to make Windows 10 agree to take file paths over 260 characters
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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