Undelete for Windows Allows a "?" in a Directory Name (97442)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
This article was previously published under Q97442
When you use Microsoft Undelete for Windows to recover a directory,
you can type a question mark ? as the first character of the new
directory name. Since the question mark character is a wildcard in
MS-DOS, none of the commands or programs provided with MS-DOS 6.0 (for
example, RD, DELTREE, and MOVE) can delete or rename this newly
If you run the CHKDSK command with an invalid directory name such as
\?EST or \LPT1, an error message similar to the following is
where <directory name> is the directory name you typed.
If you use the wildcard prefix, Undelete creates a file or directory
with the wildcard character in the name (for example, ?FILE.DOC), and
none of the File Manager commands or programs provided with Microsoft
Windows can work with it if it is a directory.
To work around this problem, use a third-party disk editing program,
such Norton Utilities by Symantec or PC Tools by Central Point
NOTE: You can use the DEL command at the MS-DOS command prompt to
delete the file. For example,
deletes the file ?FILE.DOC.
WARNING: If your file has a single-character name and you use the
wildcard character, the wildcard replaces the one-character file name
(for example, 1.DOC becomes ?.DOC). In this case, you should not use
the DEL command to delete the file as this command deletes all files
with the same file extension. Use a third-party disk editing program
to rename the file.
Norton Utilities and PC Tools are manufactured by vendors independent
of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding
these products' performance or reliability.
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