Sometimes, Windows 2000 and Windows XP will not display files in the Long File format i.e., A folder named Program Files may be listed as Program~.
This could happen if the registry value that determines whether NTFS generates a short file name in the 8.3 naming convention for each long file name is reset to “0″. It is possible that this value could have been changed – either manually or by a program. This setting is the default setting when you install the operating system. The registry value should be set to “1″ to stop NTFS creating the short file name.
WARNING:You are editing the registry at your own risk. I will not be responsible for any
malfunction or data loss that this may cause to your system
To check the registry key and change it if necessary:
1. Click Start – Run, type REGEDIT and click OK.
2. Navigate to,
3. In the right hand pane, right-click the following value, and then click Modify:
4. Change the number in the Value data box to: “0″
5. Click OK.
7. Close the Windows registry and restart the computer.
This should help.