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I just made a very strange discovery about Windows

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by chevrofreak, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    I created a new folder, then tried to rename it PRN, which windows for some reason would not allow.

    I tried this on 2 of my Windows 2000 machines with the same result, and my friend got the same on his XP Pro box.

    Any explaination for this strange problem?
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Strange...

    Same thing here on XP Home..

    No explanation.

    IGF
     


  3. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Bk2MiscResource Lifetime Member

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    in the old days a ".prn" file was a printer file or printer-related - wonder if that's why?
    m
     
  4. SamBuca

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    The "PRN" is a system device. It's legacy code in the OS.
     
  5. gudel

    gudel

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    nothing new. it's been the same since the age of DOS!
    try making a new folder called "LPT1" :)
     
  6. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    That was a strange way for me to find this out ;i

    I was even using the command prompt to check for hidden folders and whatnot.