Windows – Short Name Issues with Progra~1 and Progra~2

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If you receive the short-path missing message, or the short paths just aren’t working, use fsutil to fix it:


from the admin command prompt…

Enable Short Name Creation

fsutil 8dot3name set c: 0

Add Short Names

fsutil file setshortname “C:\Program Files” PROGRA~1

fsutil file setshortname “C:\Program Files (x86)” PROGRA~2

* if you have issues, try this in safe mode


Check for short names

dir /X


Create a junction

mklink /J “C:\PROGRA~1” “C:\Program Files
mklink /J “C:\PROGRA~2” “C:\Program Files (x86)”


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