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How to rename many files at once in Windows2000?

Posted on 2004-03-26
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I want to take off the beginning 8 characters of 600 files, so do not want to do it manually.
This used to be relatively easy in the pre-windows DOS days.
If this is something I have to do from my 'command prompt,' the version I have under my Windows 2000 is 5.00.2195.

Thank you
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Something like this should do it...

====renFiles.cmd==============
@echo off
for %%a in (*.*) do call :process %%a
goto end

:process
set fname=%1
echo ren %fname% %fname:~8%

:end
==========================

If this works for you - remove the 'echo' from the 'ren' line...
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Sorry - to clarify:  As-is - it will only 'show' you what it's going to do.
If you want it to actually 'do' it - you need to remove that last echo...
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