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I have Windows XP SP3 and cannot create the file named con.php anywhere on disk. I get a message that the file already exists.

Searching in Windows explorer I found not one such a file name on the whole disk.

Why is this happening?

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Con is a restricted filename in Windows, so you can't name any file or folder "con". This link provides more info, as well as a utility that (apparently) lets you get around this restriction: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/create-restricted-files-folders-con-aux-nul-click-windows

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    Thanks Russianspi, but it's so stupid, isn't it? User should be given the message that the name is reserved, but not that the file already exists. Anyway, solved, thanks. – bonaca Apr 16 '14 at 19:06
  • If it's any consolation, the error message in Windows 8 was something easily Googleable. – Russianspi Apr 16 '14 at 19:26

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