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In my windows favorites are 18 (identical) files that REFUSE to be deleted - says the filename is too long. What can I do?

I was shopping for a frigidaire and when I found what I wanted I added it to "favorites" to return to it. Apparently each time I clicked on it it multiplied and now I have 18 copies of a "shop frigidaire" with a very long filename. It says it's too long to delete, but I can't rename it.

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  • Dominic
    Dominic Apr 16, 2015

    What version of Windows are you using?

  • Sister Regina Dierson
    Sister Regina Dierson Apr 16, 2015

    Windows 7 - 64 bit - I've gone into "Favorites" and erased all of them, but it won't erase those 18 Frigidaire webpages (all the same) with the long filename. Says to rename it but Windows won't let me. If it's not solvable it's OK - I have to go down 18 lines before I hit my favorites but so what - there's no real damage. It's a laptop. Thank you for your interest! - Sister Regina

  • Pevanis Jun 29, 2016

    Download Long Path Eraser from there and delete. http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Syst...

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Try locating the files, at the search box type cmd. A DOS box will open, navigate to the unwanted files and delete them.

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Did you try to reboot the computer and try to delete, or change the names after the reboot? Sometimes the links are locked in a process and you only can stop that by stopping the running program.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015

Testimonial: "Thank you Harrie - Yes, I've done that multiple times, it's just a peculiar quirk I have to put up with!"

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