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Windows 7: Help! I can't delete a file off of my desktop!

01 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Help! I can't delete a file off of my desktop!

I have two blank files on my desktop. I can't rename them, and I can't delete them either! When I try and drag it over to the Recycle Bin, nothing happens. When I try and delete one of them, I get the message "Could not find this item".

I've tried everything! Any suggestions?
Here is a picture: http://static.pleonast.com/system/ro...png?1314895504

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01 Sep 2011   #2

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Have you tried refreshing your Desktop to see if they go away? By that picture, Windows is telling you those files are gone, and don't exist.
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01 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Have you tried refreshing your Desktop to see if they go away? By that picture, Windows is telling you those files are gone, and don't exist.
I have tried refreshing many times. Nothing.
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01 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hello uncle w0p

If your sure these files are ok to delete try taking ownership of the files and give your user account full control first then deleting - Take Ownership Shortcut

Danny
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01 Sep 2011   #5

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

You could try going into your Users\%your name%\Desktop folder and making sure the files really aren't there. If they are, select and delete them. Don't drag them to the recycle bin.

After that, reboot, and see if they come back.
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01 Sep 2011   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial and see if it is any help.
File - Delete from Command Prompt
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01 Sep 2011   #7

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

try Download Unlocker 1.9.1 - FileHippo.com for any files you cant delete.
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01 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What are the file names and extensions? Are you viewing system and/or hidden files? In Explorer, Tools menu, Folder options, View tab - check to make sure Hidden files and folders ARE Hidden and Hide protected files is checked. Can you still see the offending files?

The desktop (and all folders I think) usually have one or more INI files that ARE supposed to be there. They are used by the system.

Best Wishes,
RȘnce
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19 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 
Solution

I ran into this issue today with one of my co-workers. I found that he had accidentally added a "." to the end of the file extension and it appears that Windows automatically blocks the file. To delete the file, right click on it, select properties from the context menu, and at the bottom right you'll find a button that says "unblock". Click that button, click apply, close the properties window, and you should be able to delete the file.
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21 Jun 2012   #10

windows 7
 
 
deleting iso files

I have a problem deleting an iso file. It says "cannot be deleted because the file is open in System". I'm not sure exactly what that means.

I have tried using Unlocker to free the file but has not allowed me to delete it. I also do not think the file has been mounted as I cannot find any software on my PC used to mount iso files.

Any ideas?
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