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Windows 7: permanently delete files from Library, my head is exploding

20 Mar 2012   #1
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 
permanently delete files from Library, my head is exploding

How do I stop a Windows 7 library from displaying files that I have deleted from my computer?

More precisely, how do stop them from showing up on my flat-screen TV which is connected to my home network with DLNA (which is just a fancy abbreviation for a TV that can read audio and video files from your computer)

This is driving me completely bonkers. I've spent hours trying so many solutions from forums, I can't even keep track. I even used a registry hack the disables libraries entirely and the files *still* show up.

It gets worse...

Files that are completely *deleted* from my computer show up in the folder as viewed on the TV, though they don't play.

Files that have been *renamed and moved to non-shared, non-library folders* will still play on the TV!

WTF is going on here? I'm desperate.

I also did a total reset on the TV back to factory defaults, in case it had some sort of cache. Didn't work.


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21 Mar 2012   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you deleted all the public folders or as it says removed them from your pc?
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21 Mar 2012   #3
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Have you deleted all the public folders or as it says removed them from your pc?
I'm not sure what 'public folders' means in this context. Can you explain?
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21 Mar 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The first thing you need to understand is that a library is not a folder in the true sense, but is a container for multiple folders and their contents. If you were to delete all the folders in question then they would not show up in a library.

Think of it as an actual physical library that lends books. It may have the same book title in different locations, but if one book is removed the others are still there, albeit in the same library.

These FAQs may help you to understand how libraries work in Windows 7: Windows 7 Libraries: Frequently Asked Questions

These links may help too: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/l...33(WS.10).aspx

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...mize-a-library
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21 Mar 2012   #5
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
If you were to delete all the folders in question then they would not show up in a library.
It doesn't sound like you read all the way through my post. I've tried deleting files and folders, renaming files and moving them to other folders, and running a registry hack that totally, completely removes the entire Libraries function from the OS -

and *still* the files show up on my TV which is networked to the computer -

and, for the files that were not deleted, but renamed and moved to a non-shared folder:

The TV's folder shows them with their original name and still plays them.

It's just like if you renamed a file on your computer, then did a search and the computer turned up the file with the old name. Anyone would tell you that a computer simply can not do such a thing. Renaming is renaming... except that my TV doesn't 'acknowledge' that you've renamed the file.
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21 Mar 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As a matter of fact, I did read through your post and offered you some links to read through the information in them.

However, if you choose not to that's up to you.

Like all the volunteers on here I give of my time of my own free will. If the advice I offer is not up to the high standards you obviously require, then perhaps someone else will be along shortly to give you a better answer.
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21 Mar 2012   #7
DavidE

W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catalogue View Post
how do stop them from showing up on my flat-screen TV which is connected to my home network with DLNA
I'm not sure what you have for a home network, and how everything is connected.

How is the TV physically connected?
i.e.
  • with an HDMI cable connected to "my PC".
  • with a network cable connected to the router.

Can you connect another monitor to your PC?
If so, can you see these files on that monitor?

Do you have other devices on the home network such as a server, more PC's?
If so, are there any copies/cache on those devices for these files?

After you delete a file from your PC, if you search for it do you find it on that PC?

EDIT:
Are you using some media program to serve/stream these files?
If so, maybe that program has a cache that is not updated when a file is deleted.
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21 Mar 2012   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Possibly and by that I mean this is a shot in the dark but... Does your tv have any method of storing things ? I know my Sony Bravia does. Try disconnecting the tv then do a search and see if these images are on it somewhere.
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21 Mar 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Clear your temp files - e.g. with CCleaner.
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22 Mar 2012   #10
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

See if RecycleBinEx works for what you want to do RecycleBinEx - Enhanced Windows Recycle Bin Manager
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