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    I have a number of files that I cannot access in windows, and I cannot remember what exactly I need to do after I get into my DOS prompt to change the filename/s.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    The reason I need to change them this way is because they are too long when I created them back when I used my other computer... and for some reason I want to access them now, and cannot do so until I make the names shorter. The same thing happened when I wanted to delete some files of the similar length.

    These happen to be filenames for mp3s and their corresponding folders.

    Thanks.
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    Code:
    rename driveletter:\folder\filename.fileextension newname.newfileextension
    example:
    Code:
    rename C:\windows\notepad.exe renamednotepad.exe

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    what about the ols dos command "ren " ?

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    Originally posted by ROSSCO_2004@14 July 2004 - 22:07
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    Code:
    rename driveletter:\folder\filename.fileextension newname.newfileextension
    example:
    Code:
    rename C:\windows\notepad.exe renamednotepad.exe
    Hey Rossco.... lemme add something specific... so maybe you can just go from there, because I didn't follow the protocol to change it. Here is the idea:

    The original folder name is:

    Dream Theater - International Christmas Fan Club - Christmas CD 1996

    located in F:\Soulseek Files\Music\Dream Theater

    I have already shortened the name of the folder itself, in Windows taking away the Dream Theater title and leaving it starting with International.

    Now, I do have a problem which happens frequently as the filenames of a lot of my mp3s seem to be too long, causing them not to play or have me being able to change their names in Windows.

    So, one of the tracks I am referring to in this particular folder is called:

    Dream Theater - International Fan Club Christmas CD 1996 - 02 - Red Hill Mining Town

    So, I would like to change that particular track name to read:

    02 - Red Hill Mining Town

    I cannot do it in Windows, so if you can give me the exact commands with the example inserted, I would understand it a bit easier.

    Thanks for the help
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    vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."

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    open dos...start>run>cmd
    type in the drive letter you want to access, in this case its the F:\ drive
    so your first entry is:
    F:\
    then give it the rename command:
    rename F:\Soulseek Files\Music\Dream Theater\International Christmas Fan Club - Christmas CD 1996\Dream Theater - International Fan Club Christmas CD 1996 - 02 - Red Hill Mining Town.mp3 02 - Red Hill Mining Town.mp3
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    I would post a new topic... but I dont want to waste time and space.

    I just tried all the above suggestions.... and worked with fkdup for a while on this... and it doesnt work.

    I get an error message that says "the syntax of the command is incorrect"

    Any suggestions?
    "Maybe this world is another planet's Hell." - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

    "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
    - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

    "Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes
    and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000
    vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."

    - Unknown

    "The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."
    - Gloria Leonard

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    remove all other files from that folder and run this batch file:
    Code:
    @echo off
    f:
    cd\SOULSE~1\Music\DREAMT~1\INTERN~1\
    ren DREAMT~1.MP3 newname.mp3
    ^^ copy and paste into notepad and save as fixit.bat

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    Originally posted by musicmaster@21 July 2004 - 18:13
    I get an error message that says "the syntax of the command is incorrect"

    Any suggestions?
    You just need quotes around the file names!

    ex: rename "F:\long folder name with spaces\file name.ext" "new file name.ext"


    Easier than figuring out the dos names, too.

    Vargas' suggestion (now removed ) is certainly true for the real DOS, but the WinNT command prompt (read: DOS emulator) has been updated a bit.

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