Cannot Access Macintosh Files on Windows NT Server

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You cannot view or open certain Macintosh files or folders on a Microsoft Windows NT server.

NOTE: This same behavior can occur anytime a Windows 95 client tries to view or open a file that was created with a non-standard code page.

For example, if you create a file using the PanEuro version of Windows 95, you cannot view the file in Windows 95 US version.


The files or folders you cannot access contain extended characters in their file name. Extended characters that are displayed as an underscore (_) are not in the OEM/ANSI-to-Unicode or Unicode-to-OEM/ANSI mapping tables. The underscore character is substituted for characters that cannot be mapped or displayed.


Rename these files or folders using Windows NT.


The following characters are valid in file names in the Macintosh environment but not in Windows 95:


If a Macintosh user creates a folder whose name contains any of these characters and you try to open the folder in Windows 95, you receive the following error message:

   The directory does not exist

This behavior can also occur if a Macintosh folder name contains a trailing space or period at the end of the name.


Article ID: 135153 - Last Review: September 27, 2013 - Revision: 1.1
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