Introduction: Create Folders Named Nul, Con, Com1 or Lpt1

First of all lets get some facts. According to http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/23c86662-4988-4c7d-9c2d-3e33d4413de3 there are special names that are reserved by the os, which means you can't create files with those names. BUT i have found a way thanks to http://kerneltrap.org/node/5772 this instructable will tell you how create a folder with the reserved name con.

This folder can be used to... well i can't think of anything useful for it, just something to do to prove to friends how smart you are then challenge them to do it but don't tell them how, just watch as the right click->new->folder->name it con-> WTF why soesn't it work

Step 1: Two Ways

There are two ways to acheive this step the true way and the easy way.  The easy is using ACSII charactors and the true way is to actually create a con folder.  I'm going to show you the true way.

First of all open up cmd.exe (start->run->type cmd.exe). once cmd is open type mkdir \\.\C:"path"\con.  Where C: is your home drive and "path" is the path to where you would like to create the folder.  (remember to remove the quotation marks).

Step 2: Done

If you have done this correctly there should be a file called con wherever your chosen path is.  If not re-read step one and try again other wise leave a comment or pm me.

Step 3: Removal

To remove the folder you have created repeat step 1 but instead of typing mkdir, type rmdir or rd and instead of choosing a new path choose the same one as the con folder is in.

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DouglasG1 (author)2012-06-27

Battlefield 1942 uses the .con file as a settings file.

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