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Windows 7: Can't copy and replace existing file

25 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Can't copy and replace existing file

I cannot copy a file and replace an exiting file:

No messages, not even "file exists"; this includes drags and copy/paste.
Get "file exists" on "Save As.
On "Cut" "Error 0x80070490: Element not found"

I have to physically delete the file and paste the new one. This is not a protection problem, it is just a simple text file that I created for the test in 2 different folders. This is the first time I have ever seen this including Win 3.1. Thanks....

Win 7 - 64 bit, Home Prem.

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25 Mar 2011   #2


This can be a ton of things... let's start with the basics.

IE toolbars installed/enabled?
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25 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

AntiVirus: Microsoft Security.
No IE Toolbars, using Firefox.
Firewall: Comodo.
Made some changes to .msstyles. Do not remember when this could have started, but it is very recent.
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25 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

OK, I changed the .msstyles file to the original and the problem went away; so what could .msstyles affect that would cause this problem?????? Thanks again...
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