The BEST File Manager for Windows
Works with and greatly enhances:
Windows 11, 10
Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
Servers 2003 and later
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Major new tools, significant upgrades to current components and faster folder listings.
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A May 2017 Microsft security update for Windows 10 conflicted with a major routine in FileBoss resulting in FileBoss not starting on some Windows 10 systems.
Versions V3.101 and later, fix the problem. You can read more about this at the page
Windows Creators Conflict.
If you have a small file system on a totally closed computer where you will never share or send a file to someone else, will never receive a file from someone else, will never store a file on an external drive such as a tumbdrive, USB drive, CD, DVD, or on a network then this discussion is not for you. Otherwise it could save you a lot of trouble.
Operating systems such as Window, Mac, Unix and Linx provide an interface to files or more precisely an interface to different, underlying file systems which actually manage the files on the disk. For example when you rename a file under a version of Windows, Windows then passes along - transparently to you of course - the command along with the old and new names to whatever file system has control over the file. This protects you, many of Windows high level features and programs from having to know all sorts of details about any particular file system.
Problably the most common reason a file can't be renamed, moved or deleted is that it is in use by another program. Many programs, but certainly not all, will put a lock on a file when it opens it
For all versions of Windows released in the past fifteen years no file name or folder can be longer than
The same limitation to the length of the actual file name of 256 characters also applies to the length of any folder along its path.