How to rename multiple files with their first 19 characters

Hi guys,

I would like to rename multiple files by replacing the name by their first 19 characters of their old name.
Can you please assist.

Orginal file naming:
. . .
. . .

I want to achieve:
. . .

script used in CMD doesn't work
exception: command is incorrect

ren -n 's/(.{19}).*(\.error)$' *.xml

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Thank you
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Use Powershell.
PowerShell in test mode; it will only show what it would rename. Remove the -WhatIf at the end to run it for real:
gci C:\Temp\*.error | ren -NewName {$_.Name -replace '\A(.*?\.xml)\..*', '$1'} -WhatIf

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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
In DOS please try:

ren *.error ???????????????????.xml

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DariusAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for assistance...

Thanks to Hello There for advice to use Powershell.

Thanks oBdA. Code working successfully.

Thank you Bill for answer to my question.
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