Windows – Is it a good idea to disable short filenames on Windows 7 running on a SSD drive

ssdwindows 7

http://oreilly.com/pub/a/windows/2005/02/08/NTFS_Hacks.html

By default, NTFS creates an 8.3 filename every time it creates a long filename, which adds a bit of time to the file creation process.

One can disable that using:

fsutil behavior set disable8dot3 1

Is it a good idea to do it on a Windows 7 machine running on a SSD drive?

Best Answer

  • 16 bit apps use 8.3 filenames.

    By far the most prominent 16 bit apps are Setup programs. Not a lot of them, but some.

    Like any setting, I'd test all your applications just in case. But for the most part, you should be ok.