can Windows 8.1 retain 2 or more files with the same file name without overwriting them?

Hello and Good Morning Everybody,

           When copying and pasting files from one folder to another,  will Windows 8.1 retain 2 or more files with the same file names or will it simply overwrite them?  I did notice the other day that Windows 8.1 did notice 2 files with the same name.  It also gave an option to check both file names with an indication that a number will be added to the copied file.  I am assuming then if there are two file names with 3, the copied file with the name of 3 will have a number added to it like 3 (1).  However, what would happen if there were more than 2 files with the same name?

            Hopefully, my question here is not vague and awkwardly stated within this open post.  If I need to add any clarification, please feel free to let me know.  

            Thanks so much in advance for any attention and feedback given to this question.

            George
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure why you have two files with the same name. If you copy and paste files in Windows 8.1, it will reliably change the name to a new name (filename (copy) ) if you making a copy and paste of a file.

If you copy a file from one folder to a different folder, it will overwrite the file.

I have not ever seen Windows 8.1 (or just Windows) tolerate two files of identical names in the same folder.
nobusCommented:
how can it choose between both if they are EXACTLY the same?  this is not possible
so, if you suppose you have 2 identical files, it can be the file names are the same, but the extension may be different, or there can be a capitalised letter or such
but there MUST be a difference!
so if you have the files having the same name, say nobus.txt, it changes the following files (having the same name) with a suffix (1) - (2) etc...to make the difference, if you want to keep both files as nobus.txt - nobus(1).txt and nobus(2).txt
this often happens during copying of folders

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McKnifeCommented:
"However, what would happen if there were more than 2 files with the same name?" - this will never happen because 2 files are not allowed to exits with the same name in the same folder. So what you described "I did notice the other day that Windows 8.1 did notice 2 files with the same name.  It also gave an option to check both file names with an indication that a number will be added to the copied file" would already take care of it. So if a third file "3" comes a long while 3 and 3 (1) already exit, it will be renamed to 3 (2). Try it.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening

          Thanks everybody for your shared input.  Just to be on the safe side, I believe I will manually change the name of the file the next time I run across this situation in which the name of the file in Folder A is the same as another file contained within Folder B.  There were many different files in both folders.  As such, there were some files within Folder B which were different but had the same file names as some contained within Folder A.  Sorry for not explaining that part much earlier.

           Have a great night everyone.

           George
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update, George.
nobusCommented:
you can even tell the oldest file from the latest- by looking at the suffix
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