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How do you interpret paths like C:\DOCUME~1\...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by royeo, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. royeo

    royeo Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2006
    I have Windows XP Pro, sp 2.

    I've encountered paths like: C:\DOCUME~1\ROYON~1\LOCALS~1\Temp. Except the tilde is higher. I don't know how to follow paths when there like this. Can someone please tell me how to interpret this path?


  2. Jimmy the Hand

    Jimmy the Hand

    Jul 28, 2006

    This kind of path is contraction of the real folder or file names so that they are compatible with the old 8.3 DOS filename format. I don't know why it is necessary, but in (my) theory it works this way:
    Long names are stripped of all spaces, even between words.
    If the resulting string, without extension, is longer than 8 characters, the 6 leftmost characters are taken and an index appended, to distinguish between similar names.
    So "ASDFGHJKLQWE" becomes "ASDFGH~1" while ASDFGHJKLRTZ" becomes "ASDFGH~2"

    So the one you submitted translates to something like

    C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temp
    Where username is different for each user of the computer.
  3. 1101doc


    Dec 8, 2006
    The tilde (~) is a place keeper for more text to shorten the path. Docu~ is Documents and settings,etc. It may be helpful for you to go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View, and check the boxes that say: "Show full path in address bar\Title bar." That way each window that you open will display the full path in the header, so if multiple windows are open the paths are still visible.
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