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Windows 7: How to delete a file W7 says no longer there?

04 Sep 2009   #1
ben07

Windows 7 Pro x64 RTM
 
 
How to delete a file W7 says no longer there?

Windows says those two files attest1 and attest2 no longer there, but as you can see from the pix there are there, how to delete them? Thanks.




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04 Sep 2009   #2
masterB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Did you delete them before??
Right click somewhere on the screen and select Refresh. See if the files still there after and try delete them.
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04 Sep 2009   #3
ben07

Windows 7 Pro x64 RTM
 
 

Hey masterB, yes I previously deleted those two folders from IE's Favorites, I guess I was hitting the "Yes" confirmation too fast (was deleting a bunch of bookmarks folders).

I tried "rename" them and delete, no go, refreshed both inside the folder as well on the desktop, no go, what else can I try?
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04 Sep 2009   #4
Lanthus20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

try placing those folders in your favorites again and delete them from there. I don't know but worth a shot.

When I say that I mean making new folders with the same names, just so it's clear.
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04 Sep 2009   #5
king44

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Try an unlocking software - Lock Hunter or Unlocker. And then use the Unlocking sw to delete the file. Or try to delete it in safe mode.
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04 Sep 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Ben,

In addition to the above, sometimes a simple restart of the computer will get rid of these ghost files.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Sep 2009   #7
idblfanatic

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Ben,

In addition to the above, sometimes a simple restart of the computer will get rid of these ghost files.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
+1 this has happened to me in Vista a lot of times
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04 Sep 2009   #8
ben07

Windows 7 Pro x64 RTM
 
 

Thanks for all the suggestion/help.

Still couldn't delete those two folders, restarted at least 5 times, went into regedit and found those items under Favorites and deleted them, but now still showing in Favorites folder.

Re-import the bookmarks (was hoping the EXACT same names of those two folders would be over written), no go! I tried creating two folders with EXACT names to replace them, but Windows would only allow me to "Merge" and NOT "Replace"!

I also did a System Restore to a restore point prior to this, but those two folders are still there! Went into CMD and navigated to those two folders and using del *.* and deleted those under DOS, but still there!

This is really challenging
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04 Sep 2009   #9
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ben07 View Post
I also did a System Restore to a restore point prior to this, but those two folders are still there!
Without sence system restore restore whole system and installed programs don't change your private data

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Went into CMD and navigated to those two folders and using del *.* and deleted those under DOS, but still there!
This is really challenging
You mean those folders are constantly re-created...Disable all startup programs in msconfig and delete them again + restart

And one more important warning...attest1 and attest2 are folders not files and "del *.*" remove only all files in folder,don't remove subfolders (surly these folders never been removed) you have to use following commands to remove these folders

rd /s C:\users\C2Q\Favorites\attest1
rd /s C:\users\C2Q\Favorites\attest1
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04 Sep 2009   #10
ben07

Windows 7 Pro x64 RTM
 
 

Bingo Flavius, thank you!

rd /s did it
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