Win Short file names
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Win Short file namesFor compatibility with earlier 16-bit DOS and Windows 3.1 applications, Windows 95/98 created an 8.3 short name that was maintained alongside the long name. That compatibility was dropped in Windows XP.
The short name was derived from the first letters of the long name, followed by a sequential number and separated by the tilde symbol.Old 16-bit Windows applications support only the short names.
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