“Path Too Deep”, “Path too long,” “Cannot delete file: Access is denied” errors

“Path Too Deep”, “Path too long,” “Cannot delete file: Access is denied”. These are just some of the error messages you might get when Windows cannot delete, copy, or move a file whose path is longer than 256 characters long. Windows allows you to create these folders, but – for some reason – will not offer the inverse. A file like this can often be created through mistakes made while programming or modifying content on your computer, or even through means of malicious software like a virus. Some of these glitches or malfunctions can cause an endless stream of files creating themselves inside one another – like some sort of file-based Inception. No matter how the problem arises, it is almost always a real headache to solve – sometimes even forcing drastic action. There are only a few known fixes for this problem, such as; renaming the folder, moving the file (manually or with script), or creating a virtual drive. They all seem well and good and even work some of the time. It has happened where neither of these proposed solutions accomplishes the task, though. For those moments we need another resolution; in comes Long Path Tool.

We’re here to help

Long Path Tool unlocks, manages, and renames those stubborn files with excessively long filenames. Able to be used by most operating systems, it simplifies the scenario by more-or-less taking the place of Windows Explorer or Far Manager. Windows Explorer has a limit of 256 characters, where upon exceeding can create the problem discussed earlier. Long Path Tool, on the other hand, can handle up to 32,000 characters (the internal Windows limit). By doing this, it allows the ease of management, unlocking, or renaming of files with extraordinary filenames. Long Path Tool is extremely easy to use: simply download and install the free program onto virtually any system; open it up; find the file in need of treatment and rename/move/delete it; reboot your computer. Voila! It’s that simple. If you’re having a hard time finding the file, you can even run a search through Long Path Tool to quickly locate it for you!
Did you think that was it?


Of course that isn’t the limit of Long Path Tool’s capabilities. Long Path Tool comes with many other tools and functions to assist you in your file access and management, all while offering the same user friendliness of the roles we talked about earlier. On top of being completely free and compact, it offers a ton of other features:

  • Delete system locked files and unload the locking process;
  • Close applications that the altered files use;
  • Can even remotely delete files from your network.


When we say it can help with all file management, we mean it. It can address many other common errors, from “The source or destination file may be in use” to “There was a sharing violation”. There is almost nothing The Long Path Tool cannot help with or solve outright. You will never have to deal with those pestering errors again.


Your knight in shining armor


Through the common occurrence of instances like the examples above, the need for a thorough and efficient tool has finally dawned. The Long Path Tool has proven itself to be a successful program in the aid of those suffering from the plague of long path names. Through its robust toolset, The Long Path Tool can scan your system to search for long file names, locked files, and many other situations. Designed to be fast, light on your system, and easy to use, it will solve your entire path and file related issues. The Long Path Tool is free and easy to download and install and well-liked for its convenience and accessibility. Users who experience pathing issues or download mostly through the web will discover the Long Path Tool to be extremely helpful and a crucial step in preventing or solving long filenames. If you are experiencing any of the following errors, click here to download the Long Path Tool.

The Long Path Tools solves all of these and more:

  • Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk
  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • Cannot delete file or folder. The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Error Deleting File or Folder
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
  • Error Copying File or Folder.
  • Cannot remove folder.
  • The filename or extension is too long.
  • Path too deep.
  • Destination Path Too Long.
  • Could not find this item.
  • Filename is not valid.
  • The file could not be accessed.
  • Windows Delete Path Too Long
  • Source Path Too Long Delete
  • The path you entered is too long. Enter a shorter path.
  • File Name could not be found. Check the spelling of the filename, and verify that the file location is correct.
  • Path too long