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renaming file causes explorer restart

#1
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.

thanks.
 
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adamg

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#2
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\
 
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Blitzkrieg

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#3
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:

Example.exe.dat

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

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