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


09 Jun 2011   #31

Windows 7
 
 

My thanks and gratitude to Tachy and the rest of you who confirmed his solution. It worked. Almost too easily. I had tried almost everything. Safe Mode, Command Prompt, moving, renaming, etc. But the phantom file had a long name and Windows 7 could not find it to change anything, not even its location. But the Dos 8.3 delete worked like a charm. Thank you.

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01 Aug 2011   #32

Windows Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for this thoughtful forum. Nothing worked for me until I tried the DelinvFile tool recommended by galmeida.

It worked when all else failed!
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21 Sep 2011   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tachy View Post
I know this is a bit late, but I found a quick workaround:

1) Open a Command Prompt.
2) Browse to the folder containing the buggy file.
3) Type 'dir /x' to obtain the 8.3 formatted filename.
4) Delete the file using the 8.3 filename, e.g. 'del NEWDOC~1.DOC'

Hope this information may spread and help other users with the same problem.
I tried everything else THIS WAS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED!
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09 Oct 2011   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found the solution!!

Use DelinvFile.

DelinvFile - Utility for Deleting Invalid Files and Folders
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11 Oct 2011   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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10 Mar 2012   #36

windows 7 ultimate x64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by galmeida View Post
Try the DelinvFile tool. Search with google and install it. It worked for me perfectly when NOTHING worked before.

BR, galmeida
THANK YOU SO MUCH galmedia, DelinvFile really works, finally
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30 Apr 2012   #37

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by galmeida View Post
Try the DelinvFile tool. Search with google and install it. It worked for me perfectly when NOTHING worked before.

BR, galmeida
Cheers, galmeida. This tool worked perfectly whereas every other method provided failed.
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10 May 2012   #38

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tachy View Post
I know this is a bit late, but I found a quick workaround:

1) Open a Command Prompt.
2) Browse to the folder containing the buggy file.
3) Type 'dir /x' to obtain the 8.3 formatted filename.
4) Delete the file using the 8.3 filename, e.g. 'del NEWDOC~1.DOC'

Hope this information may spread and help other users with the same problem.
This worked for me too. It was a folder I had to remove and rmdir did it.
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04 Sep 2012   #39

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

There is another solution which worked perfectly for me. Using an elevated Command Prompt ("Run as Administrator") do a forced 'remove directory' command on the containing folder. This is detailed here: Seven Forums Thread - Remove a Directory

NOTE: My original problem was a couple of strange left over files, in two different sub directories, that were 1kb each, with names likes ._mittleshift - perhaps a hangover from an old Apple Mac directory. I tried everything listed in this thread to move or delete the files/folders/parent directory, except for the DelinvFile application. These were NOT locked by any process and nothing to do with rebooting/memory. I had been trying things for 6 months before I got annoyed enough to work on getting rid of it once and for all. Finally the hard Remove Directory (RD /S /Q "Directory") in Command Prompt removed it completely without any problems.
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09 Sep 2012   #40

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by galmeida View Post

Try the DelinvFile tool. Search with google and install it. It worked for me perfectly when NOTHING worked before.

BR, galmeida
spot on! thanks very much folks, I've had this problems for weeks and nothing else works - happy to get those rogue files out of my system! and thanks to DelinvFile for the free trial (3 files)
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