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How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions
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The creation of 8.3 filenames and directories for all long filenames and directories on NTFS partitions may decrease directory enumeration performance. An 8.3-compliant file name refers to MS-DOS file-naming conventions. These conventions restrict file names to eight characters and restrict optional extensions to three characters.
This article describes a method of disabling the 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions.
Note: Although disabling 8.3 name creation increases file performance under Windows, some applications (16-bit, 32-bit, or 64-bit) may not be able to find files and directories with long filenames.
Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012To disable the 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions, type fsutil.exe behavior set disable8dot3 1 at an elevated command prompt, and then press ENTER.
This operation takes effect immediately (no reboot required).
When a volume is not specified the operation updates the registry value:
For more information on FSUTIL.EXE 8dot3name, visit the following TechNet article:
For more information on the registry setting to disable 8.3 names, visit the following TechNet article:
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003To disable the 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions, type fsutil.exe behavior set disable8dot3 1 at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.
Windows 2000 and Windows NT
To disable the 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions, use the following steps:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Article ID: 121007 - Last Review: April 16, 2013 - Revision: 3.7