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Windows 7: Cannot Delete 0 Byte File on Desktop

07 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

The toopic looks pretty old, but got this probleme today. I set camtasia studio to convert my videos on desktop. I tryed to convert a video, but the folder with the video never show on my desktop. After restarting the pc the folder apeared on the desktop with the video inside. I was able to move the video but not the folder because it was showing 0 bytes. Here is the my solution: Go to controlpanel/User Accounts create a new administrator acount. Know swich user to it. Go to C:\Users\ and enter the folder that has the same name with the old account. Know move the desktop folder that contains the 0 byte file on the new desktop. create a new Desktop folder in that location (C:\Users\old account folder). Move any icons or files from the old desktop folder to the new that you created except the 0 byte file. Swich back to your old user, go again to controlpanel/User Accounts and delete or disable the second account you created.

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07 Mar 2011   #12

Windows 8.1 Pro

Unlocker should work!
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11 May 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64
Verified solution

The trick is to delete the file using its short name. To discover the short name, open a command line window, and type DIR /X. This will show you two names for the zero byte file--the normal one and a "short name" that consists of the first 6 letters of the file name, a tilde (~), and a number. Now use DEL with the short name.
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09 Oct 2011   #14

XP 32 bit
Thanks to romar

Thanks romar: I was going crazy trying to delete 2 '0 byte' system files created from htm files sent by my share market broker (as credit notes!). Your tip about UNLOCKER solved my problem in a flash! Prakash Holla, Bangalore, India.
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10 Oct 2011   #15

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Question to the OP: did you restart at all before making all these attempts at deleting the 0-byte file?
It seems to be a weird bug in Windows 7 which I encounter in some rare circumstances. I've found that when nothing else will get rid of a phantom file, a restart will. I can only assume that the restart clears up something that's gotten stuck in the NTFS filesystem cache or in Explorer's icon cache or whatever.
(And no, there's no delete operation queued to perform at boot time.)
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01 Nov 2011   #16

Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks bethel95! The "dir /x" and deleting it with its short name worked for me .
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24 Dec 2011   #17

Windows 7 64 bit
How to remove a 0 byte file from windows 7 desktop

If anyone needs to remove a 0 byte file from desktop - you cannot put in recycle bin, or cannot locate file comes up, cannot open the file, cannot find the file or cannot delete file - try this:

If The file is named: xxxxx xxxx xxxxx
TYPE: DEL “xxxx xxxx xxxxx*.*”
File should be gone.
Shut down
Reboot in regular mode.
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24 Dec 2011   #18

MS Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Family Pack Lic.) Upgrade

Hello there and welcome tringtolearn,

Thanks for the information.
Just curious, how did you end up with such a file, and were you able to reproduce/remake another zero Byte file?


@anyone - Also couldn't this be caused by an entry in the MFT that points to a zero sized region on the disk? (using "Bytes seems kind of trivial, since it's also zero bits, MB GB, etc. - it's unitless)

Never heard anyone try to rename another "normal" file to the same name as the zero size file, or delete the folder it is located in (if not something like desktop!)
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24 Dec 2011   #19

Windows 7 64 bit


Well, I downloaded a super Mario Forever game to play. The download came from C/net free games. I got bored after playing for a month and not passing through a section trying to jump umpteen times of trying, so I deleted the game and this blank 0 bytes file I could not "find" remained on the desktop. After researching all over the internet forums, etc., I put two and two together and used the run/command/directory/del with quotes fix. It's gone.

Also, NO, I was not able to reproduce/remake or duplicate the file on the desktop. This type of duplication was not helpful to get rid of it, only the above mentioned fix.
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25 Dec 2011   #20
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by romar View Post
The first post from the OP states "Unlocker" was not successful.
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