17 September 2007


I just got this in my e-mail :

An Indian discovered that 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? So, inform about this to all your friends. Try it now, it will not create “CON” Folder. Try to rename the New Folder as CON or con, It will not Accept…’

I tried it, and yes, windows was unable to rename the folder as ‘CON’.Trivial but amazing!!


  1. This is really simple:
    CON is a reserved word in DOS which is the device Console (screen)
    Also, PRN (printer) is a reserved word.
    This was used in DOS command line days to redirect the output to the printer or screen.
    I.e. "copy filename.ext > con" will display the contents of the file on the screen.
    "copy filename.ext > prn" will print the contents of the file on the printer.

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