How to resolve: Windows – “Destination Path Too Long” Error

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When we are trying to rename, delete a folder or file which has very long length “Folder names + file name” or “Folder names” we will encounter following error

“The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path.”

Microsoft Windows - Destinatoin Path Too Long
Microsoft Windows – Destinatoin Path Too Long

Try following methods

To Delete

1.1 Use Win + R launch “Run” window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

1.2 Enter “cmd” in “Run” window, press Enter key to launch “Command Prompt” window

1.3 We use following command to delete the folder, including subfolders

rd /s /q "D:\FolderName"


rd /s /q "D:\New Folder"

(The root folder “D:\New Folder” will be deleted too)

To Rename

2.1 Follow 1.1 to 1.2 to launch ” Command Prompt” window

2.2 Use following command to rename folder and file with long name which we can’t using windows file explorer

ren "D:\Folder Name" "D:\folder"


ren "D:\my folder with very long name" "D:\newname"

ren "D:\folder\file with long name.txt" "D:\folder\file.txt"


ren "D:\picture\my text file.txt" "D:\picture\my file.txt" 

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