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8.3 namesThe file naming system developed in DOS. It uses up to eight characters for the file name and up to three for a file extension, separated by a dot; for example, MYLIFE.DOC. Starting with Windows 95, long file names were supported and automatically truncated to 8.3 names for compatibility (see Win Short file names).
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Now anyone running from a Windows 95 or 98 command line can work with native long file names and not have to think about truncated 8.