How To Fix The Windows Error Code 208 The global filename characters, * or ?, are entered incorrectly or too many ...
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Do you see this Windows SQL error message on your screen?

"The global filename characters, * or ?, are entered incorrectly or too many global filename characters are specified. (Code 208)"

Then please follow the steps below to solve that SQL problem.

What happens

Windows error code 208 is directly related to Microsoft SQL Server 7. The message can appear on the SQL server or directly on the workstation of an application that is trying to access data from a MS SQL Server database.


Here are the steps that a SQL database administrator should take to resolve the Windows error code 208.

  • Launch the Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 SP2 download page.
  • Click on the title of the exact download that you want to use. There are two pieces to the download, the
  • Database components and the OLAP Services components.
  • Select the language that you want to use from the drop down menu.
  • Run the executable file. It is self-extracting and will expand the files and run the setup program.

The full installation of Windows SQL Server Service Pack 2 should be the first line of defense when these types of errors present themselves. Remember during troubleshooting that these are not actually operating system errors and should not be treated by trying to change a setting on an end-user workstation or by attempting to change settings on the operating system. Work through the SQL database to get the necessary service pack to resolve this error code. Staying current on your SQL service packs and hot fixes will ensure you that your SQL server will avoid these errors in the future. Upgrading to the latest version of SQL may be an alternative that some DBAs will want to consider too.

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