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When you are working in Windows Explorer, trying to rename, delete, or movea file that appears to have an underscore in its filename generates a fileaccess error. For example, trying to rename a file generates the followingerror:
Error Renaming File
Cannot rename C:\file_: Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and filename.
This error occurs when the file includes extended ANSI characters thatWindows Explorer does not recognize in its filename. Windows Explorerdisplays unrecognized characters as underscores. Some MS-DOS-basedapplications use extended ASCII characters (such as line-drawingcharacters) in filenames to protect important files from accidentally beingchanged in any way.
To rename, move, or delete the file, open an MS-DOS prompt, and make thechanges from the command line using the appropriate ANSI characters.Consult the ANSI character set to determine which numeric code correspondsto the extended character in the filename.