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    Dos version of Windows long file names (XP Pro with SP1)

    On my PC msinit shows that KREMLI~4.EXE is being run at startup. The specified folder shows eleven files beginning with 'kremlin'.

    Windows Explorer shows the files in *my* selected sequence. How can I tell which of these eleven files is the one KREMLI~4?

    I am sure this DOS version of the file name was shown in the Properties box of the file in an earlier version of Windows. It certainly isn't there on my installation of XP Pro.

    Help!

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    Re: Dos version of Windows long file names (XP Pro with SP1)

    Drop to a cmd window and use dir /x to list the long file names with their corresponding short names. I didn't look for a GUI way to do this.

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    Re: Dos version of Windows long file names (XP Pro

    HI, John ~

    Unless you need it, you may also wish to disable XP's DOS 8.3 naming convention which will improve system performance. In XP, two file names are created for each file - one is the actual name and the other is an 8.3 version of that file name for compatibility with DOS based programs which wastes disk space, causes MFT fragmentation and CPU time.

    Go to 'Start' > 'Run' > enter regedit > navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlFi leSystem

    Set the value to 1 for 'NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation' in the right-hand pane.

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