Originally Posted by Dan203
It's probably because of a file you have in your My TiVo Recordings folder. Check all the files in there, and any folder you may be linking to via a short cut, and see if any stand out as having a particularly long file name.
After 3 calls and about 4 hours on phone with Tech support (?) I googled "BEGIN TIVO DESKTOP. THE FILE NAME IS TOO LONG" and ran into this forum and your responce.
First tech said he would call me back after i had time to remove, re-download and re-install Desktop software. He didn't and the effort didn't work.
Second tech said I had to add a new ADMINISTRATOR to my XP and re-install. Gave me a new KEY to install.
The third advised AND gave me the number to Microsoft as this was not Tivo's problem.
I followed your advise and systematically transfered a title at a time from the MY TIVO RECORDINGS to a new file-and atempting to load the Tivo Deskstop each time. In about 5 mins OR LESS you helped me do what 3 techs and 4 hours of BS and buck-passing failed.