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

19 Oct 2012   #41
njagadeesh

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 
Regarding Deleting the "Could not Finding this itm"

Try Unlocker.. That would Solve the Problem..

Download Unlocker 1.9.1 - FileHippo.com


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01 Nov 2012   #42
ted1735

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 
this really works!!!

File unlocker, and chkdsk did not work for me. I was going crazy with drive utilities about to send my hard drive back under warranty.

Thank you so much this is confirmed working as of date on this post. I might add to use the following command to aid in directories and directory trees!

"rmdir /s"

Along with the 8.3 file name and it will delete like magic

1) Open a Command Prompt.
2) Browse to the folder containing the buggy file/OR folder.
3) Type 'dir /x' to obtain the 8.3 formatted filename FOLDER.
4) Delete the file using the 8.3 FOLDER, e.g. 'rmdir NEWFOL~1' or 'rmdir /s NEWFOL~1'

CAUTION!!!!!!!!CAUTION!!!!!!!!

Keep in mind /s switch will delete every file and folder in that folder, so you might not want to do this on the windows directory!!!

CAUTION!!!!!!!!CAUTION!!!!!!!!

Hope this information may spread and help other users with the same problem.
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18 Dec 2012   #43
ziffel

Windows 7 HP 64bit, SP1
 
 

I had this problem this morning, and found this thread via google. I update for the benefit of those in the future who search and find this thread like me.

The Tachy solution (bottom of page 1: cmd prompt + dir /x, del 8.3 filename) worked for me, but with one necessary change. The files I needed to delete were hidden, and I had to go into folder properties first, and unhide normal and protected OS files first. Then the solution worked for me.

Thanks tachy!
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23 Dec 2012   #44
dynamicdude

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

You can run this command from command prompt with Admin priviledges, rd /s /q "\\?\C:\Windows.old\Users this will remove the whole directory or folder so USE AT YOUR OWN RISK....
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24 Mar 2013   #45
aka29

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

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.
thanks tachy
that file was very annoying.
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30 Mar 2013   #46
Heavysteel

Windows 7 64bit / Windows XP 64bit Dual Boot
 
 
The Windows 7 Library indexing was my problem

I had 6 files located in my Videos folder and I could not delete them. I had all of the same symptoms as noted in prior post for this topic. I would go to Start/Videos/YouTube and this folder is where the 6 files were located which could not be deleted.

Next I noted that if I manually browsed C:/Users/Your Login Name/My Videos/YouTube the files that could not be deleted in the prior window were in fact gone. They had been deleted, but the Library indexing was still showing the files existed.

I went to the start button and typed in the search window.....Indexing. From the options drop down I selected Indexing Options. Then I selected the Advanced Button and selected Rebuild. This finally took care of the files that would not delete. They were in fact deleted, but the library indexing never refreshed when the files were originally deleted.

Hope this helps
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16 Apr 2013   #47
bmacnaughton

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
the DOS name worked for me

I was amazed that using the DOS name to delete the file worked. I never got to the DelinvFile tool but am glad to know about it. Thanks for both suggestions.
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16 Apr 2013   #48
mwearnest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I must thank galmeida for her suggestion about the DelinvFile tool. I had tried for several days to delete some files that were 0 bytes and "stuck" on my desktop. I tried the unlocker tool, the command prompt suggestions, etc. Nothing worked for me until galmeida's suggestion to use DelinvFile. I'm so glad I read that post and bought the tool! Thanks again for this forum. I am new to this forum, but plan to use it whenever I have a need.
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13 Aug 2013   #49
ynlinchen

windows 8 x64 enterprise
 
 
easy , most easy way fo fix this issue

first , i got this before........
when i downloaded a file via p2p, than i get an undeleteable folder......
i tried unlocker, command prompt "dir /x"...etc , a lot of methods and programs.....they all failed

I got the best way to solve it.....
Why we cant delete this folder?Because the folder name has an unacceptable special character, and cant be accept by windows(so do filemanager in windows ,command prompt)....so it wont works if you try to delete it in safe mode(it is still under windows!!!)

this is what i guess:the original owner of the folder shared this via bittorrent on a linux PC ....and i downloaded to my windows, it screws.....

How to Solve this:
(1)go to Ubuntu website,download a Ubuntu install cd
(2)burn it to a cd,and boot from it
(3)note:dont install ubuntu on your PC , just choose the direct boot from LiveCD option
(4) in the ubuntu filemanager go to your disk , find the folder,and delete it,thats it
(5)HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I WIN!!
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27 Sep 2013   #50
mpanger

Windows 8
 
 

After trying everything listed prior to the one below, it was this one that worked for me.
Simple:
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.
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