how to delete a folder with no name??

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by subratalok, Mar 2, 2008.

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    subratalok Guest

    i created a folder with no name by renaming a folder to(alt + 0160)

    but after that i m not able to delete , move or rename that

    plzz. suggest how can i delete it?????????

    i can open the folder and also others items can be moved or copied into
    that folder....

    but this no name folder cannot be deleted!!!!!!!!:(
    subratalok, Mar 2, 2008
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    .Joe Guest

    .Joe, Mar 2, 2008
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    subratalok Guest

    that doesn't work...

    subratalok, Mar 2, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Mar 2, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, subratalok.

    That file has a name, even if you can't see it. Open a Command Prompt
    window (cmd.exe). At the prompt, type:
    dir /x

    That should show you all the files and folders in that directory. The one
    that you named (alt + 0160) should appear with no name in the normal list of
    files, but the column before that should show it as "0A00~1". That is the
    Short File Name, also known as the SFN or the 8.3 filename. Now use RD to
    remove that:
    rd 0a00~1

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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Mar 3, 2008
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    subratalok Guest

    THANX MAN.......

    your method worked , but that folder get deleted after renaming it by
    your method....(i.e, after dir/x . ........ ren 0A00~1 ...)
    subratalok, Mar 4, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, subratalok.

    You're welcome, and thanks for the feedback.

    But you did not rename that folder to 0A00~1. It had that name all the

    RAM and disk space are so cheap now that we forget that it was precious not
    so long ago. When floppy disks held only 67.5 KB, MS-DOS reserved only 8
    bytes for the filename, plus 3 for an extension to indicate the type of
    file. Only UPPERCASE alphabetic characters were allowed, plus numerals and
    a few special characters, such as punctuation. The punctuation was limited,
    too; we could use the period only to separate the extension (if any) from
    the filename, not as a character in the filename, and spaces were not
    allowed. These rules may seem archaic and arbitrary now, but they were
    required then to deal with the hardware of the time.

    My memory is hazy on this (There are plenty of folks here who can correct
    me!), but I think it was not until MS-DOS 6.x that Long File Names (LFN)
    were allowed. The file systems (FAT and NTFS) still created and used the
    8.3 SFN; they just showed the LFN for use by us humans. And, basically,
    they still do.

    So, Dir /x shows us the SFN for any file or folder that has an LFN. "Long"
    is a slight misnomer, because even a one-character filename is an LFN if it
    is not a valid SFN - such as your invisible Alt+0160 (no-break space)
    character. So the system creates the SFN immediately for its own use but
    does not show it to us unless we ask for it with the /x switch for Dir.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Mar 4, 2008
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    hs Guest

    Hi R.C. White,

    currently i have the same problem. but my com is running on vista and when i
    try your method in command prompt, the display name for the folder is still
    blank.. i cannot delete that..

    hs, Apr 25, 2008
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    hs Guest


    i had followed all your steps and manage to see the 0A00~1 name for the
    folder with no name... however with i tried to rd 0A00~1, it says access
    denied.. could you kindly advise me what is the next time that i should do as
    i had already tried taking ownership of the folder but access is still
    denied... thank you
    hs, Apr 25, 2008
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    Orhunt Guest

    Hello Friends

    I try to delete and folder deleted (alt + 0160) (alt + 255)

    Ans Folder deleted by winrar software right click on folder and add to
    archive and click the option delete files after archiving Thanks

    Visit my website '.::Orhunt.Com::.' (
    Orhunt, May 21, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Orhunt.

    HOW are you trying to delete that folder?

    In a Command Prompt window, Win7 refused to create a folder by that name,
    either with the "md" command or with the "ren" command. So I opened Windows
    Explorer and created a new folder named "0160" and then renamed the folder
    to <Alt>+0160. The name appeared blank, but WE had no problems with
    deleting it. I recreated/renamed a new folder to <Alt>+0160. In the CP
    window, it appeared as a folder with a blank name and I could neither "del"
    nor "rd" it using the alt+ 0160 name.

    So I used the Dir command with the /x switch to reveal the SFN (Short File
    Name) in a column before the LFN. The SFN was 9DEC~1, and I easily deleted
    that with "rd 9dec~1".

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100
    R. C. White, May 22, 2009
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    donbaba Guest

    use the Software name unlocker to delete that folder
    Install the unlocker software and then right click on the folder yo
    will find an unlocker icon on right click. click on it. it will ask fo
    an action . just give the action delete and the folder will be deleted
    donbaba, Jan 31, 2010
  13. Thanks ..
    i had created a folder with no name by (alt + 255)
    nd was unable to dlt it..
    but now itz dlted by unlocker..
    thanks again.. :sleepy
    karan parbhakar, May 29, 2010
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