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Windows 7: Delete key non-responsive, doesn't delete

03 Jun 2015   #1
ChakLong

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Delete key non-responsive, doesn't delete

Hi, for some reason I can no longer use the Delete key to move files to the recycle bin, delete text, et cetera. I can still use Shift+Delete to permanently remove files et cetera, but using the Delete key by itself does not do anything whatsoever. This also doesn't appear to be a hardware issue, as using two different keyboards as well as the on-screen keyboard yields the same result. Using a program that checks for keyboard inputs, it also clearly shows the Delete key being pressed, but nothing happens.

Anyone know what is going on? I tried closing down any programs that could possibly interfere, for example programs that might use the Delete key for some shortcut or macro et cetera.


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03 Jun 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Right click on the Recycle shortcut on your desktop and select Properties from the context menu.

Once the properties window appears, select the option named:
Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.

"OK" your way our of that properties window.

Use Windows (file) Explorer to delete the folder* named $Recycle.Bin

*If need be, set Windows (file) Explorer to show protected operating system files.

Open the Recycle bin's properties window again and select:
Custom size

"OK" your way our of that properties window.

You should now have a new folder** named $RECYCLE.BIN

You might need to refresh Windows (file) Explorer.

Hopefully, this rebuilt recycle bin will work for you. If not, then we have some more hunting to do.


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03 Jun 2015   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChakLong View Post
......I tried closing down any programs that could possibly interfere,...
Did you try that using the steps in this tutorial?
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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04 Jun 2015   #4
ChakLong

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the advice. I have had this issue for the past few days, and nothing I could do could resolve it. Just now, my computer wouldn't boot properly, and startup repair wouldn't work properly either. So I reseated my RAM and reconnected my drives, which made it boot up properly.

And now the delete button works properly. I have no idea what happened. Thanks anyways.
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