How to Fix Windows Error 1320 “The specified is path too long”

Error 1320 or “The specified path is too long” is an issue which usually comes up when an installer attempts to make shortcuts for Windows and accesses Application Data. This problem is somewhat prevalent in Windows 7 and Vista, but users of Windows 8 and 8.1 have reported that they have encountered this error as well. It is not very difficult to fix this Windows error. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of fixing Error 1320 or “The Specified path is too long” message in Windows 7, Vista, 8, and 8.1.

How to Fix Error 1320 in Windows 7 and Vista

Restore the Default Music Folder

  1. Firstly, double-click on My Computer.
  2. After that, right-click on Music folder from the left pane.
  3. Choose properties from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the Music Properties dialog box, go to the Location tab.
  5. Select the Restore Default option.
  6. After that, click on the Apply button.
  7. Click on OK.
  8. In the confirmation window, select the Yes option.

Clean the Disc

  1. Open the Start menu by hitting the Windows key.
  2. Now, click on All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories from the list.
  4. Right-click on Command Prompt.
  5. Choose the option Run as administrator.
  6. Key in Cleanmgr and press Enter.
  7. When the scan is over, click on OK.

How to Fix Error 1320 in Windows 8 and 8.1

Clean the Disc

  1. Hit the Windows + X keys at the same time.
  2. From the pop-out menu, click on Command Prompt Admin.
  3. Now, key in cleanmgr and hit the Enter key.
  4. After that, the Disk Cleanup will scan the system to calculate the space that can be reclaimed.
  5. When the scanning and disc analysis is over, place a checkmark in all the squares.
  6. Hit the OK button.

Provide security permissions to the ProgramData folder

  1. Launch My Computer by double-clicking on it.
  2. After that, click on the View tab at the top.
  3. Place a checkmark in the square next to Hidden items.
  4. Now, click on Options in the top right corner.
  5. Untick the square next to Hide protected OS files.
  6. Now, hit the Apply button.
  7. Click on OK.
  8. Double-click on the C drive.
  9. After that, locate the ProgramData folder.
  10. Right-click on it and choose Properties from the drop-down menu.
  11. The ProgramData Properties dialog box will appear.
  12. Go to the Security tab.
  13. Select the Advanced option.
  14. In the Advanced Security Settings for ProgramData dialog box, click on the Permissions tab.
  15. Now, hit the Continue button.
  16. Grant the read/write access permissions to the chosen folder.
  17. Hit the OK button.

Olivia Jones is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats.Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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