Microsoft removes 260 character limit for NTFS Path in new Windows 10 Insider Preview

May 29, 2016

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The maximum length for a path (file name and its directory route) — also known as MAX_PATH — has been defined by 260 characters. But with the latest Windows 10 Insider preview, Microsoft is giving users the ability to increase the limit.

The recent most Windows 10 preview is enabling users to change the 260 characters limit. As mentioned in the description, “Enabling NTFS long paths will allow manifested win32 applications and Windows Store applications to access paths beyond the normal 260 char limit per node.”


If you wish to utilize this feature, however, you will be required to make some edits to using Group Policy. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor (Press Windows Key and type gpedit.msc and hit Enter key.
  2. Navigate to the following directory:  Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Filesystem > NTFS.
  3. Click Enable NTFS long paths option and enable it.

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