Mass rename of files?

By gbhall
Jan 13, 2009
  1. In the good 'ol days of Dos there was a remarkable Dos command called 'rename', which would accept various wild cards and would work very well indeed. Then Windows came along, and there is no similar program under Windows.

    Although the 'rename' command is still present under a Dos box (run command), it not longer accepts wild cards in the same way. Actually it can make a right mess, as for example RENAME *.pdf Jobs_*.pdf instead of starting each file name with the new bit 'Jobs_' it now overwrites the first 5 characters of each name.

    Can anyone suggest a neat utility to do this important wild-card rename task under Windows XP ?
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  3. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,431   +77

    Thanks to both above for the interesting links. Dos (i.e. Dos 16) I rejected because it does not handle long file names at all. I also found many problems with the 32-bit Dos-subsystem built into XP, but have solved them by setting up properties for the command prompt to use not cmd.exe and restricting memory - no EMS or XMS, use HMA.

    As to the bulk rename utility - breathtaking ! (If I can cope with it...)
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