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Old 01-12-2021, 01:30 PM   #1
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Stupid Windows Tricks. By which I mean tricks to defeat odd bits of Windows stupidity.

As a side effect of a commandline program, I ended up with a folder whose name was in lower case. Not that it really matters, but its sibling folders are all uppercase. And the same folder appears on quite a few PCs on my network, also in uppercase.

So in Win Explorer, I rightclicked, chose Rename, typed the name in UPPERCASE and pressed Enter. Nothing changed. I tried a couple other ways of renaming the folder. No joy.

I never got any error messages, Windows just ignored me. Because XYZ and xyz and xYz and XyZ are all the same thing. Whaddaya think this is, Rindsberg, LINUX or something??? Huh???

Well, when the going gets tough, the tough take a baseball bat to the computer.

Being a wimp, and not a very bright one at that, it was some time before I realized that I needed to

1) Rename the folder to anything else
2) THEN rename it back to what I wanted it to be called. In UPPERCASE.

VOI freaking LA.

   
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So the stupid here is Windows? That figures.

   
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So the stupid here is Windows? That figures.
Good heavens, you don't think it was ME, do ya??? ;-)

   
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"Good heavens, you don't think it was ME, do ya??? ;-)"

The though didn't even occur to me!

The choice was between Windows and tricks. Could be both for all I know...

   
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bo: Could be both for all I know...
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I've run into that. And used the same solution you did. I've also run into Windows refusing to delete a file because the path is too long. So I moved the file into the root.

   
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I've run into that. And used the same solution you did. I've also run into Windows refusing to delete a file because the path is too long. So I moved the file into the root.
Good one. The old "left hand/right hand" problem. ;-)

The one that *really* frosts my nubbins is when Windows refuses to let me rename a file/folder or delete it because it's "in use". The only one "using" it is me. As in selecting the file so I can rename/delete it.

Sometimes I can kill the Explorer process and restart it using Task Manager to get it to behave. If it's a folder, sometimes I can open the folder, delete the contents, and THEN I can delete the parent folder.

This has been a consistent PITA since, what, Win95? Ya'd think they could have fixed it by now, no?

   
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steve: when Windows refuses to let me rename a file/folder or delete it because it's "in use". The only one "using" it is me. As in selecting the file so I can rename/delete it.
Yes...I run in to that periodically...very annoying...


That said, when it's an "ownership" question there is the very useful (and can be dangerous if not used with caution) TakeOwnership developed by sevenforums



There are two options and I use the "Add Take Ownership With Pause to Context Menu" because it gives you feedback on the action. I "install" it when I need it and then uninstall it via "Remove Ownership from Context Menu" which forces me to think twice about using it by having to install it each time...




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