Fixing Error 0x80010135: Path too long

Users receive the “Destination path too long” error message when they try to copy, move, or delete certain files or folders on Windows operating systems. Most of the time, this error occurs because Microsoft has a 256/260 folder and a name constraint.

Even though the issue is over 20 years old, the error still occurs on all current versions of Windows. Please note that this is not an NTFS limitation. So changing the format won’t solve the problem. The problem is caused by a limitation of the Win32 API library. Most standard output applications (including File Explorer) will not work if the character limit is exceeded.

If you have this problem, we can help. Here is a set of methods that users in a similar situation could use to solve the problem. Continue making all possible fixes in order until you find a method that resolves the “Destination path too long” error.

Here are the steps you can take to fix this Windows problem:

Try unpacking it to your root folder.

Windows has a 260 character limit for path names. If the zip file is in a folder (including the desktop), the files contained in the zip file may exceed this limit and cannot be extracted.

Placing the zip file in the root directory of the system drive is the safest way to avoid this problem.

Step 1. First, rename the file to short version. This decreases the filename of the parent directory.
Step 2 – Copy the file and move it to the C: folder. The idea is to extract the file to the root folder to reduce the size of the path.
Step 3 – Unzip the zip file to a new location. You have no problem.

Use a reliable decompression program

The most commonly used compression format is ZIP, but several other formats are available. You never know what type you will run into when uploading and sharing files. Therefore, it makes sense to have a program that can handle more than one type.

Most files can be compressed and decompressed using the built-in Windows utility. However, if you come across a compressed format that is not supported by the built-in Windows tools, you can try one of the following programs:

  • 7 Zip
  • WinZip
  • WinRAR

Change Windows 10 260 character limit

Step 1. Search for regedit in the Windows 10 taskbar search.

Step 2 – Now go to the location shown below in the left menu of Registry Editor.

  • CurrentControlSet
  • control
  • File system

Step 3. Now, on the right side of the Registry Editor, find an item named LongPathsEnabled. Right click on it.

Step 4 – Now, select “Edit” and change the value from zero to 1.

Step 5 – Finally, restart your Windows 10 PC for the changes to take effect.

We hope these solutions helped you fix your error code 0x80010135 issue.