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Windows 7: Folder won't Delete - ARGH

10 Feb 2010   #21
Ch@n

 

Wat abt from a new user account?


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10 Feb 2010   #22
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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look at the last post: Can't delete Icon on desktop
He had similar problem and managed to delete it...

I am not sure, if it will work for the folder.
There is nothing in the registry that displays that folder, only the tag default which I won't delete

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Have you tried, using the command window approach, to navigate via DOS to the desktop folder for your user account and then using dir to get a listing of objects there? Does the folder appear in that list?
I tried that as well, the folder does appear in with a directory listing but it won't delete even in DOS. The folder has no use, and I can honestly confess to that even for Windows, yet for some very strange reason it won't delete this is becoming frustrating. If there was some program out there, that would just with brute force delete it and it would be gone for good.
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10 Feb 2010   #23
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

And again, sorry to hammer the point, did you use the rmdir command in DOS to delete the folder? The del command will not delete a folder, only a file.
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10 Feb 2010   #24
Frank Hagan

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I had a similar problem and my WHS was "processing" a file in the folder. But usually the tools like Unlocker will tell you what process is hanging onto the folder.
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10 Feb 2010   #25
PoPPeR

XP Vista 7
 
 

slave the drive, as in setting it as a secondary hard drive on a different computer. then from that computer go to c:\users\"youruser profile"\desktop and delete folder\file
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11 Feb 2010   #26
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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And again, sorry to hammer the point, did you use the rmdir command in DOS to delete the folder? The del command will not delete a folder, only a file.
I tried that, it didn't work. Windows gave me the error "The system cannot find the file specified"

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I had a similar problem and my WHS was "processing" a file in the folder. But usually the tools like Unlocker will tell you what process is hanging onto the folder.
Most thought that would work, unfortunately it didn't

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slave the drive, as in setting it as a secondary hard drive on a different computer. then from that computer go to c:\users\"youruser profile"\desktop and delete folder\file
No luck with that, suggestion.
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11 Feb 2010   #27
jharpj

win 7
 
 

I had the same problem & got rid of the offending folder by using "System Restore" and restoring back to a date prior to the appearance of dreaded folder.
Please post if this works.
Jharpj
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11 Feb 2010   #28
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

We'll try using the command prompt again. Open an administrative command prompt.

*Go to the directory it is located.
[ cd /d C:\Users\<account name>\Rogue\Desktop]

->wait, isn't your username Rogue? XD

*now type [ dir /x ]. This displays the shortname of files.

*now use rmdir if it's a folder, or del if it's a file to remove it using the short name

[e.g: rmdir /q /s FILEORFOLDER~1 ]If it doesn't have a short name, try renaming it in to a long one, and do dir /x again.
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11 Feb 2010   #29
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I tried that as well, the folder does appear in with a directory listing but it won't delete even in DOS. The folder has no use, and I can honestly confess to that even for Windows, yet for some very strange reason it won't delete this is becoming frustrating. If there was some program out there, that would just with brute force delete it and it would be gone for good.
Re: your post post above and a previous post "I'm going to need something with military force to delete these folders." - the cavalry might be coming.

I "fix" many Windows problems by using Linux, specificly a live Linux disk. You've become frustrated and wasted a lot of time so spend another 20 minutes and burn a CD.

I suggest burning a copy of Puppy Linux or Knoppix Linux (I like Puppy). Boot to the Puppy CD, mount your "C:\" drive (it's easy and obvious) then navigate to the offending directory - delete it. Exit Puppy Linux, remove the CD and boot into Windows.

My best guess is the folder will be gone. If it isn't gone then something else is creating it as part of a process, such as an app that somehow "created" that folder for temp files, etc. - would have to find the offending app.

Regards,
GEWB
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11 Feb 2010   #30
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I have two folders on my desktop, I was able to successfully delete the contents within those two folders, but when I try to delete the actual folder I get this error:

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Could not find this item
This is no longer located in X:\Users\<account>\Rouge\Desktop. Verify the items' location and try again.
With the option to TRY AGAIN or CANCEL, Trying again does nothing it just brings the same message up over and over. I've searched in a few places to try to get it to delete, no progress.

The file information under the General tab shows that it opens with Windows Shell Common and it's obviously a 0 Byte file size.
was it an installed program?
if it was ,reinstall, move the folder to the recycle bin then uninstall the program then empty bin
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