CON folder in Windows? I don’t think so!

you can not name folder con

CON folder in Windows? I don’t think so!

you can not name folder con

You are trying to create con folder in Windows, but Windows Doesn’t Allow You To Create Folders Named CON, PRN, NUL, etc. If you read this post carefully, we will tell you how to do that.

First, why you can not create CON, PRN, NUL, folders in Windows?  The answer is simple. You can’t create folders in Windows OS having CON, PRN, NUL,  as the name,  because these folder names are reserved for use in specific system tasks. You can use the command prompt, or blank space code to create folders with reserved names in Windows.

This are folders that you can not create in Microsoft Windows operating system, CON, PRN, AUX, NUL, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, and LPT9.

windows con folder

Also, you can’t add file extensions with these names. For instance, you can’t create the NUL.mp3 folder.

The reason is that these keywords are reserved for some tasks to be performed by the OS. It uses these words to create folders from time to time and store data in them for tasks related to printing and other functions. If you create a folder with the same name that would confuse the system.

The history of these reserved Windows folder names dates back to the time when Microsoft was known for its DOS operating system. Since then, no change has been made to these names. You might’ve read a similar story on Fossbytes, why the first drive letter is C?

create con folder in windows

But do not worry, you can still create CON, PRN folders. And we will tell you how to create them. I would like to tell you that Windows also doesn’t allow a folder name only comprising of a blank space. We will create these folders using the command prompt or popular CMD.

For most Windows users, command prompt or CMD is probably the last mile solution for a problem. But it’s effective. You can use the command prompt in Windows to create folders with reserved names.

First, you need to open CMD, right on the Start button and click Command Prompt. Then type the following command to create a folder name CON on the desktop:

md C:\Users\fossBytes\Desktop\con\

Press Enter. You can create other reserved Windows folder using CMD. Also, you can change the location where you want to create the folder.

And that’s all!  Congratulations, you create a folder with name con. Although we can create the folder successfully, it is still inaccessible.

Now we delete this folder because we can not use it. Also, it can only be deleted using the command line. I would recommend using the command-line method.

Delete command is:

rd C:\Users\fossBytes\Desktop\con\

Conclusion

As we see it is not a secret or a bug in the Windows programs but simply these names are used for some system files and folders. So, we now learn that Windows is not so smart to see that you’re going to use this name for a scam and trying to stop you from doing that. Does this mean that you can make folder name con on D drive?  Try this and see what will happen.

I hope you will like this article. Thanks for reading!

Zdravko Lukic
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