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Windows 7: Can't delete desktop files

18 Dec 2010   #1
rbaron

Windows 7.... 64 bit
 
 
Can't delete desktop files

I bought a new PC. I was lucky to have a backup of the old PC.

I put some files on the desktop of my new PC from the old backup and now I am done with those files but my PC won't allow me to delete them.

Question: How can I delete unwanted files from my desktop?

I am the administrator and logged in as such.

Rhanks in advance,

Rich


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18 Dec 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try to take ownership first and then try to delete.
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18 Dec 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

This tutorial has helped many. Hope it helps you too
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
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18 Dec 2010   #4
rbaron

Windows 7.... 64 bit
 
 

Take Ownership worked like a charm.....

Thanks very much.

Rich
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18 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Rich, I am glad things got back to order. I also hate stuff lingering on my desktop.
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18 Dec 2010   #6
rbaron

Windows 7.... 64 bit
 
 

On my last computer I had like 4 or 5 rows of things on my desktop.

I bought this new one and swore I would not let that happen. I vowed to put documents in the documents folder, downloads in the downloads folder, .pdf's in a pdf folder in the documents folder etc....

Check back with me 6 months from now and see if I still have that theme still going.

Thanks to all that responded,

Rich
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18 Dec 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You may want to hide your shortcuts in a toolbar - works really well. have a look at this: Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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