Mar 24, 2013

Windows Mystery Exposed : Can you make a folder named ‘CON’ ?

Hello, I am back with a most funny and mysterious artical. Hope all of you will enjoy to know all this... One day my Sir told me that he got a mail the message written on that is almost as below...
Nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as “CON”.
This is something pretty cool…and unbelievable… At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn’t answer why this happened!

This is not the first time I listen about this funny question that "why we can't create a folder with name 'CON' " ?, and I’m sure most of ICA member also try to make folder "CON" just now after reading the title of article  ! if no,then go and 1st try it .... If you try creating a folder named CON, as the mail claims, it’ll get renamed automatically to New Folder. But there is no mystery behind this, and the team at Microsoft very well knows the reason for this. :-)

Why is it not possible to create a folder named CON ?
Before we proceed further, let me tell you a small secret you can’t even create a folder named PRN, AUX, NUL and many others.

The reason you can’t create a folder with these names is because these are reserved keywords used by DOS. The below screen-shot taken from Microsoft’s website shows a list of reserved keywords in DOS.

If you try creating a folder with any of these names, the name automatically changes back to the default “New Folder”. And this is what has caused the confusion. Instead of automatically renaming the folder, had an explanatory warning message popped up.

You can actually create a folder named CON !!
There is actually a way to create a folder named CON, or any other name from the above list of reserved keywords. This can be done through command prompt. But it is advisable not to do so, as it might result in your system becoming unstable.

Step 1: To create a folder named CON, go to command prompt and type “MD \\.\D:\CON” (without quotes). This will create a folder named CON in D:. See the screenshot.

Step 2: You cannot delete this folder by normal delete. To delete the folder, again go to command prompt and type “RD \\.\D:\CON” without quotes.

Step 3: I’ll again recommend you not to try this on your system, as it might become unstable. In case you can’t stop yourself, don’t do it on a drive on which Windows is installed (generally C:).

So people ,On a machine everything is possible... 

Hope you have liked this post!! waiting for your comments SRINIVAS!!!!!


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