Why we can't create a folder called "ICON" on desktop?

India
July 28, 2010 12:34pm CST
Hi friends, i have tried several times and even friends also tried but we are unable to create a folder which should be a name called "ICON", Why i am creating this one is because i wanted to save some files of icon's in that particular folder so....
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@sagar21 (1583)
• India
28 Jul 10
Hi sach, Actually we can create folders of any name.. but for names like con prn nul com1 com2 lpt....... we have a crooked way.. try this... If you want to create a folder named con on desktop.. 1.Open command prompt.. 2.Type... mkdir \\.\C:\Users\NIDHIN\Desktop\con exactly 3.To delete it... rmdir \\.\C:\Users\NIDHIN\Desktop\con exactly we can't create these in the normal way because these names represent internal devices... hope this helps... thanks for asking... have a great day/night....
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@sagar21 (1583)
• India
28 Jul 10
sorry...NIDHIN was ma user name....
@prudent (314)
• India
29 Jul 10
Which OS does it work on? I tried on WinXP SP2; but, it does not work.
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
30 Jul 10
have you changed the path accordingly...?? as in XP...
@nxwkev (244)
• United States
28 Jul 10
It is a old rule from the age of dos. You can't create a folder named ICON or CON. CON stands for console so it is disabled.
• India
28 Jul 10
We actually can create a folder named ICON but not CON.
• India
28 Jul 10
That is my question friend, why they made rule or whats the necessary to make a rule on that particular folder, is it harmfull if we create icon on the desktop?
• India
28 Jul 10
Didn't have any answer why cant we create a CON named folder. Even Bill Gates didn't have answer to this question when a person ask him the same question....:P
@prudent (314)
• India
28 Jul 10
I think you were trying to create in Windows98 or Windows2000 OS. For newer versions of Windows, we can create folders named "icon" on desktop.
• India
28 Jul 10
Yeah, totally agreed with you. Actually we can create ICON folder in Vista and Windows 7. May be XP didn't support this. Didn't try it on XP though.
@prudent (314)
• India
28 Jul 10
It is possible on XP too. We can't create icon named "CON" on any Windows OS as already mentioned here.
• India
28 Jul 10
We actually can create folder named ICON on desktop but not the CON as its disabled. CON is a reserved keyword for Console. If you couldn't create it on your desktop, try it any other location.
• India
28 Jul 10
I haven't tried any where but i only tried on the desktop but yup its a good idea i will try some other side so that i can create a folder named ICON.
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
28 Jul 10
harpreet we can create folder with names like con,nul... try ma method... I accidentally used ma user name... just type your path as needed.... thanks..
@lovedude (4457)
• India
29 Jul 10
In MS-DOS, several special "device files" were available to aid in performing certain tasks, such as clearing the screen or deleting extraneous output from a program. In order to maintain backwards-compatibility, all versions of Windows up to and including Windows Vista will refuse to allow you to create a file with these "reserved" device file names. The following file names are reserved: * CON * PRN * AUX * NUL * COM1 * COM2 * COM3 * COM4 * COM5 * COM6 * COM7 * COM8 * COM9 * LPT1 * LPT2 * LPT3 * LPT4 * LPT5 * LPT6 * LPT7 * LPT8 * LPT9 Name Function ---- -------- CON Keyboard and display PRN System list device, usually a parallel port AUX Auxiliary device, usually a serial port CLOCK$ System real-time clock NUL Bit-bucket device A:-Z: Drive letters COM1 First serial communications port LPT1 First parallel printer port LPT2 Second parallel printer port LPT3 Third parallel printer port COM2 Second serial communications port COM3 Third serial communications port COM4 Fourth serial communications port To identify system device driver names, use one of the following two commands: * mem /d | more * debug d 0070:0000 You can read from Microsoft official site. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/74496/en-us
• Pakistan
28 Jul 10
get onto wiki.answers.com and search for your query, you will get a complete answer for this. curiosity kills a cat !!!! enjoy
@gohan2091 (547)
28 Jul 10
I guess in newer versions of Windows, you can call a folder icon just fine.
@hemsagar (286)
• India
28 Jul 10
why cant you