renaming file causes explorer restart

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dubstar, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. dubstar

    dubstar format c:

    Southern California
    i downloaded a file from a friend and he said to rename it to .exe so it would work, so when i tired to rename it, the window froze, and i got the "Window (Not Responding)" message, the taskbar froze then restarted..

    is there something i can do to solve this problem, i dont plan on renaming files everyday, but it would be nice to have an operating system that isnt sensative.

  2. adamg

    adamg Guest

    You could try renaming it in a DOS window (i assume you are using win98). Just watch out when cd-ing because long directory names become 8 letters, for eg. C:\Downloaded becomes C:\DOWNLO~1\
  3. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg Guest

    Do you have it set so you can see its current extension? If not then you may be trying to rename it improperly...

    ie. the files called Example.dat

    but you see Example

    so when you rename it to Example.exe you are really making it:


    Which shouldn't cause a problem really, but you never know... :confused: