How To Make Your Windows 10 Computer Accept Over 260 Characters

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This tutorial is simple and straight forward, if you stick to my instruction, then you have nothing to worry about. If you are new in performing registry hacks consider reading this post.

How To Make Your Windows 10 Computer Accept Over 260 Characters For Window Home Users

Open the Registry Editor by clicking Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:


On the right, find a value named LongPathsEnabled and double-click it. If you don’t see the value listed, you’ll need to create it by right-clicking the FileSystem key, choosing New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and then naming the new value LongPathsEnabled .

In the value’s properties window, change the value from 0 to 1 in the “Value data” box and then click OK.

Close Registry Editor and restart your computer (or sign out of your account and sign back on). If you ever want to reverse the changes, just head back to the LongPathsEnabledvalue and set it from 1 back to 0.

If you don’t want to perform the above registry hack yourself, there ar two downloadable registry hacks you can use. One hack removes the 260 character path limit and the other hack restores the default limit. Both are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use, click through the prompts, and then restart your computer.

Download the files from here.

How To Make Your Windows 10 Computer Accept Over 260 Characters For Window Home Pro and Enterprise Users: 

If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, the easiest way to disable the new app install notifications is by using the Local Group Policy Editor. It’s a pretty powerful tool, so if you’ve never used it before, it’s worth taking some time to learn what it can do. Also, if you’re on a company network, do everyone a favor and check with your admin first. If your work computer is part of a domain, it’s also likely that it’s part of a domain group policy that will supersede the local group policy, anyway.

In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, hit Start, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, in the left-hand pane, drill down to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Filesystem. On the right, find the “Enable win32 long paths” item and double-click it.

In the properties window that opens, select the “Enabled” option and then click “OK.”

You can now exit the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your computer (or sign out and back in) to allow the changes to finish. If at any time you want to reverse the changes, just follow the same procedure and set that option back to “Disabled” or “Not Configured.”
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