Microsoft Removes 260-Character Path Length Limit in Windows 10

It looks like the 260 character limit to file path length is coming to an end. Windows 10 build 14352, a preview version of the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update comes with an long overdue change that Microsoft hasn’t yet publicly announced. The 260-character path length limit in Windows 10 can be removed with the help of a new policy, thus allowing you to run operations with files regardless of their path or file name. While this new rule is not enabled by default, admins can turn it on by following these instructions.

Launch the Registry Editor by clicking the Start menu and typing “regedit.exe,” and then navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\{48981759-12F2-42A6-A048-028B3973495F}Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Policies

Look for an entry called “LongPathsEnabled”, and if it does not exist, simply right-click Policies, select New DWORD (32-bit), name itLongPathsEnabled(without the quotes), enter value 1, and you’re all set.

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