SPSS - Error 1320 "The specified path is too long."

This document details how to fix the error message above.


Related KBs:
SPSS - Installation V27 Instructions for Windows

SPSS - Installation V27 Instructions for Windows
SPSS - Installation V27 Instructions for macOS


1. Select your "Start" button. Then, Select "Computer."

2. Select the "Organize" drop-down located in the upper left-hand corner and Select "Folder" and "Search Options."

3. Select the "View" tab, then Select the following options: Select/Check "Show hidden files, folders and drives", then De-select/Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files", then Select "OK."

4. Navigate to "C:\ProgramData."

5. Locate the "Application Data" shortcut.

6. Select and drag the Application Data shortcut to another location, such as your Desktop.

***NOTE: Some users have reported that this folder is locked and is not able to be moved; in this situation, you can try to rename the folder instead (perhaps to "Application Data_"). This should allow you to proceed in the same way as moving it.***

7. Install "SPSS."

8. When the installation is complete, move the Application Data shortcut to its original location.

9. Select your "Start" button, then Select "Computer."

10. Select the "Organize" drop-down located in the upper left-hand corner, then Select "Folder" and "Search Options."

11. Select the "View" tab, and Select the following options: De-select/Uncheck "Show hidden files, folders, and drives", then Select/Check "Hide protected operating system files," then Select "OK."

12. Close the window once you're finished with this process.