I have dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Screenshots taken in Ubuntu with default screenshot app do not work inside windows 7. I can't even open them with paint,windows photo viewer, PHOTOS, photoshop or with any other software. when i try to open it show error and when i try to rename again it shows error. but those screenshots successfully open in Ubuntu.


When i try to rename the image, again shows error


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Windows can't handle any of these characters in file names, so you can't open or rename those files in Windows: \/:*?"<>|. Boot into Ubuntu and change the names before opening them in Windows.

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    Actually, Windows itself can handle file names with colons, but few applications can. Apr 19, 2015 at 18:18
  • @DavidFoerster It can see them, but it can't interact with them. Try naming a file/folder to contain a colon, slash or asterisk. It won't work. Apr 19, 2015 at 18:21
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    I'm not saying, the Windows Explorer permits colons (for backwards compatibility), just that the kernel and file system driver can handle colons (for POSIX compliance). Apr 19, 2015 at 18:24
  • @DavidFoerster Got it. Apr 19, 2015 at 20:18

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