Since Windows 8 is running on my notebook (clean install, no upgrade), I can't rename folders or files on mobile devices running Windows Mobile or CE and connected with ActiveSync (via USB) anymore (or even create new ones with a custom name). The explorer will ignore my input and use the previously entered name (or something like "New Folder" for newly created directories).

Step 1: Right click in Explorer > New Folder > Enter a name

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Step 2: Confirm with enter key

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Does anyone have a clue on how to fix that?


The devices are shown in Explorer like this:

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Update: Neither upgrading to Windows 8.1 nor reinstalling Windows 8.1 changed the behavior described above.

  • So you are able to create files on these devices? Are you able to rename the folders/files through the command prompt? – Ramhound May 22 '13 at 12:22
  • I can't rename files either - updated the question. I don't know how to navigate to the device on the command prompt. – Gene May 22 '13 at 12:29
  • Do you navigate to the device's storage using explorer? – Ramhound May 22 '13 at 12:38
  • After connecting the devices via USB, the Mobile Device Center pops up and I can access the device as a Portable Device in the Windows Explorer. That's were I'd like to rename/create some folders. – Gene May 22 '13 at 12:48
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    apparently there is no solution. since 2013 answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-files/… – user459952 Jun 17 '15 at 20:15

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