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Get DOS 8.3 short name with VbScript

, 3 May 2010
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Create a new text file called shortname.vbs:Open in Notepad and paste the following code in it:set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") strLongName = Wscript.Arguments(0)strShortName = "Invalid File/Folder - (" & strLongName & ")"Set fsoFile = NothingOn Error Resume...
Create a new text file called shortname.vbs:
Open in Notepad and paste the following code in it:
set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") 
strLongName = Wscript.Arguments(0)
strShortName = "Invalid File/Folder - (" & strLongName & ")"
Set fsoFile = Nothing
On Error Resume Next
Set fsoFile = fso.GetFile(strLongName)
if Err.number <> 0 then
	Set fsoFile = fso.GetFolder(strLongName)
end if
if fsoFile is not nothing then
	strShortName = fsoFile.ShortPath
end if
Wscript.Echo strShortName
Run the script using cscript:
cscript shortname.vbs "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"
You will then get the following output:


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