Escaping & in a file path Tagged: Variable literal string This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by Tim Curwick 1 year, 7 months ago. Author Posts October 23, 2015 at 5:18 am #31223 Steven AyersParticipant So, I am trying to run: $Path = "C:\Test & Test\Hello.txt" $NewName = "Goobye.txt" Rename-Item $Path -NewName $NewName Which gives me an "illegal characters in path" Is there any way I can make this variable escape the & or let is accept this, which im guessing is causing the problem? This is inside a foreach loop, so it must be in a var! October 23, 2015 at 5:31 am #31224 Chris WolfendenParticipant This seems to work fine for me (Win 7 – PSVersion 5). Chris October 23, 2015 at 6:15 am #31229 Steven AyersParticipant Okay, I have actually tested it on my client machine and it's fine – the computer is using PowerShell 3.0 that this is being used for this – think that could be causing the issue? Unfortunately, we can't upgrade as it's a client PC, and I cant run this on my machine as it's all tied up with mapped drives and SharePoint etc... Does anyone know if the PS version could be the cause of of this issue? October 23, 2015 at 7:45 am #31240 Tim CurwickParticipant Steven, Many commands which take a -Path parameter will alternatively take a -LiteralPath parameter. This helps considerably with certain characters. Not sure if it will help in your case, but give it a try. $Path = "C:\Test & Test\Hello.txt" $NewName = "Goobye.txt" Rename-Item -LiteralPath $Path -NewName $NewName Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.