1. In Windows Explorer or My Computer, navigate to the "bottom level" of 
the path. Delete all the folders at that level. If I understand you 
correctly, that *doesn't* work because the delete process still looks at 
the entire path. If it does work, back your way up the path deleting as 
you go. You may have to navigate "down" the path multiple times. At some 
point you will have eliminated enough of the path name to kill the whole 

2. If you are lucky and the path name is just a few characters over, try 
renaming the top level folder to the single character "A". Doesn't matter 
what character you use. Try the delete again. If successful, cheer.

3. If XP will allow it, rename each folder in the path with a single 
character name. That is, starting at the "bottom" level, rename the folder 
"A". Try the delete again. If successful, cheer. If not, move "up" a level 
and repeat the process for all folders at the same level as "A".  At some 
point you will have eliminated enough of the path name to kill the whole 
shebang. Obviously this is an iterative, cumbersome, massively annoying 
way to go about it, but I think it should work. 

4. If XP won't allow you to even rename the folders for the same reason as 
you can't delete them, then you are going to have to find someone more 
Win-astute than I am.


Darrell A. Martin  -  630-754-2187
Manager, Computer Operations

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