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Windows 7: Could not find this item - when deleting files


25 Dec 2010   #21

Win7 Professional - lited edition & Zorin OS 4 (ubuntu)
 
 

Hi,i had resolve this kind of problem with this reg tweak work on 32-bit Windows 7 even if made for 64! For me work even without a restart.



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16 Jan 2011   #22

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Nothing worked

Hi, I'm having exact the same problem with a long name file, to delete, move, rename, attribute change, etc. I deleted the file, which I received the confirmation. However, the file is still there, with zero bytes and no extension. When I try to delete, move or change the file, I get the error "Could not find this item, This is no longer located in xxx. Verify the item's location and try again."
I tryed everything: Using DOS, there's no 8.3 name format; In safe mode; chkdsk and sfc. Nothing worked.
I also tryed the tricks in
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/...a08422a1<br /> "Could not find this item..." Nothing works! - Vista Help

Can not delete file. Error is "Could not find this item".

Without success.

I Have Windows 7 professional 64bits and NTFS.

Please, help me on this. Thank you very much.
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16 Jan 2011   #23

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Simple solution

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geoffschultz View Post
I've found that a reboot did take care of making the files disappear. It's just very disconcerting. I've run chkdsk and no problems have been found. All of the software on the system is straight from the vendor, so I feel relatively safe. I haven't seen it since that incident, so I'm not worrying about it too much.
Try the DelinvFile tool. Search with google and install it. It worked for me perfectly when NOTHING worked before.

BR, galmeida
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26 Jan 2011   #24

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by galmeida View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geoffschultz View Post
I've found that a reboot did take care of making the files disappear. It's just very disconcerting. I've run chkdsk and no problems have been found. All of the software on the system is straight from the vendor, so I feel relatively safe. I haven't seen it since that incident, so I'm not worrying about it too much.
Try the DelinvFile tool. Search with google and install it. It worked for me perfectly when NOTHING worked before.

BR, galmeida
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I tried everything posted and nothing worked until I tried DelinvFile. It was SOOOO simple to use and I was able to delete 3 files for free!
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03 Feb 2011   #25

Windows 7 (various)
 
 
I was able to delete by renaming first

I had two directories I couldn't delete. Here is how I solved it:

1) Open CMD
3) CD to the directory that contains the directory you cannot delete.
4) To see the DOS names, do DIR /X
5) Rename the folder to a new short name (like foo): RENAME dosname newname
6) I was then able to delete the folder.
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07 Mar 2011   #26

window 7 proffesional 32bit
 
 

thanks man renaming through dos mode worked for me.,.
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24 Apr 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am using Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 with 2GB of DDR RAM.
I used a freeware tool called Piriform Recuva and created a new folder on my desktop through this program. I have done this many times before prior to SP1 and had no issues.
However, this time I had a folder that I could not delete.
I was able to resolve the issue by creating a new folder directly on my desktop and moving the problematic folder into it, then deleting the newly created folder.

Weird issue, simple solution. Cheers guys.
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24 Apr 2011   #28

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like post #5 by usasma. Some times a restart or a complete shut down and a reboot is needed. Now when you do either one of these watch your little blinking lignt; if is still blinkin after a re-start or a boot don't don anything until it gets done blinking.
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06 May 2011   #29

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Big thanks to Brash, post #17, for the dos command renaming solution that worked for me! (also mentioned by Jcapson on post #25).
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27 May 2011   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I also had to register just to thank Brash (post #17) and Jcapson (post 25) for their advice in resolving this problem for me. I swear I tried every other solution recommended in here, along with a bunch of other ones. I had problem directories 3 layers thick and had to start at the bottom, renaming and deleting, but it worked! Also, while I renamed the problem directories in CMD Prompt using the 8.3 format name, I was unable to delete the directories from within the CMD Prompt. I had to go to to Windows Explorer to delete them. I hope that tidbit helps someone.

(Also, I did run the registry script from #21 above, though I still could still not delete using that method, it may have impacted the end result.)
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