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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Turning Off 8.3 Filename Creation

Turning Off 8.3 Filename Creation

To support legacy applications that don’t understand long filenames, for each file, NTFS keeps track of a shorter name that conforms to the old 8.3 standard used by the original DOS file systems. The overhead involved in tracking two names for one file isn’t much for a small number of files, but it can become onerous if a folder has a huge number of files (300,000 or more).

To disable the tracking of an 8.3 name for each file, enter the following statement at the command prompt:


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