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Windows 7: Trying to delete a file: Could not find this item.


16 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 v6.1.7601
 
 
Trying to delete a file: Could not find this item.

I've been cleaning up my music folder and am having a problem deleting an old music file and the folder its located in. Whenever I try to delete it, I get this error message: Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\blah blah...Verify the items location and try again.

I cannot rename it. I cannot change the attributes to not read only. This error message comes up when I try to do this: An error occurred applying attributes to the file: C:\Users\blah blah The system cannot find the file specified.

I have an HP Pavilion dv6. Windows 7 x64.

Any help here would be great.
Thanks,
Bob


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16 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If it could not find it, then it sounds like it's already been deleted. I would expect an "access denied" error if it was a permissions issue, close all you explorer widows. open it again and navigate to the problem file and see if it is really there anymore.
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16 Oct 2011   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Have you tried:

moving it to another folder and then trying to delete it from that folder


running dir /x from a command prompt to get the 8.3 file name and then trying to delete that 8.3 name

have you run checkdisk?
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16 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 v6.1.7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
If it could not find it, then it sounds like it's already been deleted. I would expect an "access denied" error if it was a permissions issue, close all you explorer widows. open it again and navigate to the problem file and see if it is really there anymore.

Ya, I did do that. I restarted the computer and it always shows up.
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16 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 v6.1.7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Have you tried:

moving it to another folder and then trying to delete it from that folder


running dir /x from a command prompt to get the 8.3 file name and then trying to delete that 8.3 name

have you run checkdisk?

It lets me move the file and the folder, but after that it gives me the same error: Could not find this item.

I ran check disk with no errors noted.

When I removed the folder from my music library a strange thing happened, a small lock appeared on the icon. But either way, before and after the lock appeared, it would give me that same error message about not being able to find the file.
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16 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 v6.1.7601
 
 

Also, when I run a dir from a command prompt, the file name shows up. The wierd thing is when I search for the actual file name from a dir in a command prompt, it says File not found...
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26 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits
 
 

Hi! I had a similar problem with a file on my desktop I couldn't delete , showing the same error message . I tried everything posted on several forums . One thing worked great . A tiny program called "DelinvFile" .Has 3 actions free trial free. It took me 2 minutes to get rid of this stuck file for good , like magic . I hope you've already found a solution , if not this is the answer .
CYA Around .
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26 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 v6.1.7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by express49 View Post
Hi! I had a similar problem with a file on my desktop I couldn't delete , showing the same error message . I tried everything posted on several forums . One thing worked great . A tiny program called "DelinvFile" .Has 3 actions free trial free. It took me 2 minutes to get rid of this stuck file for good , like magic . I hope you've already found a solution , if not this is the answer .
CYA Around .


Thanks!! That program did the delete for me. Thanks for turning me on to it.

Bob

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26 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits
 
 

My pleasure !
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