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Windows 7: Cannot delete icon from desktop

23 Jan 2013   #11
LeoBv

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if the pdf is in your download history in your browser ,could you try downloading it again .
it may be able to replace or merge with the broken icon and then be deleted when it is fully downloaded.
Well, I later on successfully downloaded that file (with the same name) and it opened and moved fine. I doubt that it's in the download history now as it's been many months.


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23 Jan 2013   #12
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

if you have or download malwarebytes, you can use the feature called file assassin to try and
remove it.

or try this here...

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/fileassassin/
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23 Jan 2013   #13
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Can you drag this item around your desktop?
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23 Jan 2013   #14
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

There is a fix-it that touches on three areas you have mentioned, but I do not know if it includes some of the fixes you have tried, and other members have suggested.

Quote:
What it fixes...
  • Problems with desktop shortcuts and icons
    • Shortcuts on the desktop don't work or are broken
    • Desktop icons are broken or have not been used in 3 months
    • Startup items don't work or are broken
  • System maintenance tasks
    • Free up disk space by repairing disk volume errors such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors
    • Free up disk space by removing error reports and troubleshooting history older than 1 month
    • Set the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server
  • You receive the following errors:
    • Windows update error 0x80072F8F
    • The item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted
Source: Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks
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23 Jan 2013   #15
LeoBv

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if you have or download malwarebytes, you can use the feature called file assassin to try and
remove it.

or try this here...

Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN
Yes, already tried File Assassin. But File Assassin says the file does not exist.
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23 Jan 2013   #16
LeoBv

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Can you drag this item around your desktop?
Yep, I can drag it around anywhere. For quite a while I had it hidden beneath a desktop gadget so I would not see it, but I removed all the gadgets (per a security recommendation) and now I see it all the time.
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23 Jan 2013   #17
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeoBv View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if you have or download malwarebytes, you can use the feature called file assassin to try and
remove it.

or try this here...

Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN
Yes, already tried File Assassin. But File Assassin says the file does not exist.
At this point, I would suggest you to create a new user account, move your files (excluding the culprit) and delete that account.
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23 Jan 2013   #18
LeoBv

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
There is a fix-it that touches on three areas you have mentioned, but I do not know if it includes some of the fixes you have tried, and other members have suggested.

Quote:
What it fixes...
  • Problems with desktop shortcuts and icons
    • Shortcuts on the desktop don't work or are broken
    • Desktop icons are broken or have not been used in 3 months
    • Startup items don't work or are broken
  • System maintenance tasks
    • Free up disk space by repairing disk volume errors such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors
    • Free up disk space by removing error reports and troubleshooting history older than 1 month
    • Set the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server
  • You receive the following errors:
    • Windows update error 0x80072F8F
    • The item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted
Source: Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks
Just downloaded and run that. This is something I had not tried before. However, it says it found no errors or problems!

Thanks.
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23 Jan 2013   #19
LeoBv

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeoBv View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if you have or download malwarebytes, you can use the feature called file assassin to try and
remove it.

or try this here...

Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN
Yes, already tried File Assassin. But File Assassin says the file does not exist.
At this point, I would suggest you to create a new user account, move your files (excluding the culprit) and delete that account.
Humm...never thought of that. Let me give that a whirl.

Thanks.
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23 Jan 2013   #20
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeoBv View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
if you have or download malwarebytes, you can use the feature called file assassin to try and
remove it.

or try this here...

Malwarebytes : Remove any locked file with FileASSASSIN
Yes, already tried File Assassin. But File Assassin says the file does not exist.
At this point, I would suggest you to create a new user account, move your files (excluding the culprit) and delete that account.
good idea dinesh
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