Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can't delete Icon on desktop

08 Feb 2010   #1
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 
Can't delete Icon on desktop

Win 7 64

I have an icon on the desktop that will not delete ( It was preveusly deleted then reapeard on the desktop). When I attempt to delete the message I receve is "could not find this item, this is no longer in - (items location listed)"


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Feb 2010   #2
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Try those suggestions: Folder won't Delete - ARGH
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #3
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Log off and back on, is it still there?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


08 Feb 2010   #4
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Tried logging off and restarting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #5
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Have u tried File Assassin or Unlocker to delete the icon?

Malwarebytes.org

http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #6
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jav View Post
Try those suggestions: Folder won't Delete - ARGH
Tried everything from that post and still no luck. Whenever you attempt to do anything to the file it lists as a file that can't be found.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #7
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hi badspell68, did you try any of my suggestions above?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #8
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Tried everything and still no luck...Ugh!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #9
D3ftOn3Z

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Ok, here's a few methods to delete the icons. Let me know if any worked for you?

1. Refresh the desktop and see if you can now delete them.


2. Boot in safe mode and try deleting them.


3. Go to the desktop folder/s and try deleting from there. The typical path is C:\Users\UserName\Desktop or C:\Users\Public\Desktop.

4. Use freeware Delete Doctor utility to lock and delete them on reboot.

5. If they are leftover icons after un-installing a program, install the program again, delete the desktop icons and then uninstall the program.

6. Open Regedit and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
Double click on NameSpace and check inside each of the GUID folders. If you are able to identify the icon by name, delete it. This is esp useful for deleting some un-deletable system icons.

7. Open cmd, use syntax RD /S /Q “pathname” where:
/S : Delete all files and subfolders in addition to the folder itself. Use this to remove an entire folder tree.
/Q : Quiet – do not display YN confirmation
Use these keys depending on your need.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2010   #10
badspell68

Windows 7
 
 

Here is a post with exactly the same problem I am facing. The poster was able to find and delete the file in 32bit Win 7 but not 64. He used lockhunter, but was not successful in Win 64. Everything I do is without success as the file is reported as not there.

"These problem files only come when getting torrent files (trackers), which I think originate from torrenstworld.net site.
Btw, using the command prompt (even booting in Safe Mode or administrator mode) as I have seen someone suggest does not work ... it's the first action I tried by myself without any reference whatsoever (as I have intermediate knowledge of [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]PCs[/COLOR][/COLOR], commands and processes; you can say I'm IT-savvy) when the problem first cropped up"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can't delete Icon on desktop




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Cannot delete icon from desktop
I have an icon on my Win7Pro desktop that cannot be deleted, changed, or anything. I believe it was originally connected to a pdf file that I downloaded (from a reputable site) but the download was interrupted. It's file name is simply Donor. When I try to delete it I get a flash screen that...
General Discussion
Prevent remove/delete icon on desktop in Windows 7 Kiosk machine
Dear, We could like to build up the Kiosk in Windows 7 Machine. Before, in Windows XP, we can make the desktop in user's profile as read only and prevent them remove/delete desktop icon. How can I do it in Windows 7 ? Any GPO can be apply ? Thanks for your help. Regards, Brian
Customization
How to delete Desktop/taskbar Icon
I've been using W7 for a few weeks, decided I like using the Libraries. I like to keep my taskbar at the left with common launch items (as few as possible). The icon "Tom" (user), and Libraries, Network, recycle, and Control Panel, automatically appear, and don't seem to be deletable. I'd like...
Software
Can't delete desktop Recycle Bin icon?
I was able to get the recycle bin to reside in the taskbar and now I want to delete its desktop icon. However, when I try to do it (right click), I don't get any options to do so???
Customization
Non-Existent Icon Stuck on Desktop - Can't Delete
I have an icon on my Windows 7 desktop that won't delete. If I drag it to the Recycle Bin, it does nothing. If I right click and say "delete," it pops-up a dialogue saying the file doesn't exist. I scanned for viruses. Nothing. I scanned the supposedly non-existing file for viruses. ...
General Discussion
Delete Network Magic icon from desktop?
Network Magic came installed as a 30-day trial when I upgraded from Vista to Win7 (why did I ever wait so long?). I've uninstalled it by getting into Pure Networks/Setup...etc; that is, I think I did the appropriate uninstall. However, I can't get rid of its Network Magic Folders icon on my...
Software

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App