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Windows 7: windows explorer shows folders/files that do not exist


08 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
windows explorer shows folders/files that do not exist

Windows explorer shows folders/files (example: C:\Windows.old) that I wish to delete.When I try to delete them, I get message: "Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\. Verify item's location and try again.

How do I get rid of them?

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08 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Larry,

See if refreshing (F5) the window will remove it if it's just a ghost folder/file.

If not, then restart the computer to see if it's still there afterwards.

If still not, then see if you may be able to use the free program Unlocker to remove it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
windows explorer shows folders/files that do not exist

Tried F5...restart...CCleaner...no good.

Downloaded "Unlocker" per suggestion - Brink

Worked beautifully! Great program...looks like it can solve several problems I have seen crop up.

Thank you Brink!
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09 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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