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Windows 7: Files appear in start bar search, but not anywhere else.


05 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Files appear in start bar search, but not anywhere else.

Why do files that don't exist appear in start bar search, but not in My Computer or Libraries? How do I delete them?

I had videos and I'm not sure what I did but for some reason I deleted them and couldn't find them in my libraries or anywhere else on my computer. When I searched for the video file names in the start bar search, the files come up, but when I click them they don't exist. So I am wondering why can I still search for them in my start bar, even when they don't exist anymore, and how can I delete them?

When I right click on the file that comes up when I search it in my search bar, and try to delete, it won't because the file doesn't exist.

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05 May 2012   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

double click the 'computer' icon on your desktop--in the search field in the upper right corner--type the file name that you are searching for--that should bring up the actual file listing


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05 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
double click the 'computer' icon on your desktop--in the search field in the upper right corner--type the file name that you are searching for--that should bring up the actual file listing
Hey thanks for your reply, but I have done that already. I searched everywhere, the files don't exist. They are deleted. But the file names still come up in my start bar search, but I can't click them or delete them or anything because they 'do not exist'
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05 May 2012   #4

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

if you want to remove all reference to these deleted files--you could try

Delete files using Disk Cleanup

this link is for Vista, but the process is the same for Windows 7

you could also try this:

http://www.pandorarecovery.com/
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05 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
if you want to remove all reference to these deleted files--you could try

Delete files using Disk Cleanup

this link is for Vista, but the process is the same for Windows 7

you could also try this:

Free Pandora File Recovery - Find and recover deleted files of any type.
Tried the disk cleanup, no luck
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05 May 2012   #6

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

next thing to try--download and install CCleaner-read the info on piriforms website before using this tool--see 'features' and FAQ section

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

just be careful when installing as one of the installer windows wants to install extra 'toolbars' (Ask.com I think) make sure to uncheck these options


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05 May 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The files are gone. Those are just leftover junctions.
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05 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
next thing to try--download and install CCleaner-read the info on piriforms website before using this tool--see 'features' and FAQ section

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

just be careful when installing as one of the installer windows wants to install extra 'toolbars' (Ask.com I think) make sure to uncheck these options
Thanks for this download, I tried it, still no luck though.
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05 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The files are gone. Those are just leftover junctions.
Yes, I know this.. but I am just wondering if there is a way to delete these leftover junctions. I guess I can't see them unless I physically search for them, but I just don't quite understand why they are still searchable in my start bar.
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05 May 2012   #10

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

did you try the 'registry cleaner' section of CCleaner?


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