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Windows 7: Cannot delete icon from desktop


23 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Cannot delete icon from desktop

I have an icon on my Win7Pro desktop that cannot be deleted, changed, or anything. I believe it was originally connected to a pdf file that I downloaded (from a reputable site) but the download was interrupted. It's file name is simply Donor.

When I try to delete it I get a flash screen that states: Could not find this item. This is no longer located (in desktop location). Verify the item's location and try again.

I cannot rename the file. It's properties shows that it is on the desktop but has 0 bytes.

I have tried about a gazillion things to no avail, including:
  • Searched the registry for any entry that matches Donor, with nothing found.
  • Booted into safe mode and tried from there with no luck, still won't delete.
  • I am using full Kaspersky and a complete system sweep shows no malware, virus, etc.
  • Found some sites that gave some script for trying to remove such files via the CMD prompt, but result always was that the file does not exist.
Anybody have any other recommendations?


Thanks.

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23 Jan 2013   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Open a command prompt and type the following

Code:
cd %USERPROFILE%\desktop
attrib -r -s -h "file name"*.*
del "file name"*.*
Replace "file name with the name of the file which you see on the desktop.
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23 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the quick response!!

I found a similar suggested solution to this in my many searches, which did not work, but your script is a little different.

When I type in CMD it takes me right to the command line for the user name on the PC. The first line of your script then takes me to the same location plus "/desktop." OK so far.

Now, the second line of your script results in a response:

The target of the symbolic link C: \Users\ThinkPad W520\Desktop\Donor does not exist.

What I typed in was:

C: \Users\ThinkPad W520\Desktop\attrib -r -s -h "Donor"*.*

Any ideas?

Thanks again.
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23 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Did you create a folder, then move it into that folder, then try to delete it ?
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23 Jan 2013   #5

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

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23 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you create a folder, then move it into that folder, then try to delete it ?
Yes, that was one of the gazillion things I tried early on. Will not be moved off the desktop.

Thanks.
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23 Jan 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I've sometimes had this kind of issue, and after frustrating attempts to delete the icon, I simply right cliked empty spot on desktop and selected Refresh. This took the orphan icon away.

Kari
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23 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I've sometimes had this kind of issue, and after frustrating attempts to delete the icon, I simply right cliked empty spot on desktop and selected Refresh. This took the orphan icon away.

Kari
That was about the fourth thing I did amongst the gazillion things. Didn't work, of course.

Thanks!
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23 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Used the exact format in step 6 of the tutorial (already had it set to show file extension).

Said that it could not find the file.

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23 Jan 2013   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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.
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