When I copy a file to a FAT32-formatted disk under Windows XP, how do I get
the "8.3" name to NOT use the tilde file naming convention?
In prior versions of Windows (e.g., 95, 98, Me), there was a Registry entry
called NameNumericTail which I could set, so that the tilde-number naming
convention was bypassed (unless necessary due to naming conflicts). In
other words, if my long filename were "THISISATEST.TXT", the "8.3" name
would be "THISISAT.TXT" -- *not* "THISIS~1.TXT" (which is the default).
I want to do the same thing under Windows XP, but can't figure out how to do
it. I'm writing to a flash memory card for a device that only recognizes
8.3 filenames (FAT32). I don't want to have to manually rename all of my
files to 8 characters long; I just want to copy them to the flash memory
card, and use the first 8 characters (not the first 6, then tilde and a
number). But I can't figure out how to stop Windows XP from using the
tilde-number naming convention.
I do see a couple of references in the XP Registry to NameNumericTail, but
they are all set to 0 (which, as I recall, is what they *should* be to get
the result I want). Can anyone tell me the Registry entry (or entries) to
check, and what value(s) they should be? Or perhaps point to an application
that will do it for me? I've looked at Microsoft's TweakUI for XP, as well
as Tweak-XP, and neither of them seems to provide the option.