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I am running Windows 95 and using long file names, but they sometimes seem to get lost or deleted somehow
Explanation: You are using long file names in Windows 95 (file names that are longer than the standard DOS 8.3 convention) but sometimes the file's longer name disappears. For example, a file named "March Results.doc" may at some point end up having only the name "MARCHR~1.DOC". You may find that only the short file name alias shows up when you copy the file to another machine or to a floppy disk.
Diagnosis: Long file names are a welcome addition in Windows 95, but to be blunt, their implementation was a hack. In order to maintain compatibility many compromises were made in the way that they work, and several different things can cause them to become lost from the file system.
Recommendation: The problem could be caused by any combination of the following: