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Windows 7: Cannot Delete 0 Byte File on Desktop

06 Jun 2010   #1
T777

Windows 7
 
 
Cannot Delete 0 Byte File on Desktop

Hi all, First of all, im new here, today actually, I have looked many different forums and different solutions but nothing is working to delete this file from my desktop.

I let my sister borrow my laptop while I was away, and she had downloaded these torrent's to my system. Leaving the torrent files on my desktop. I was able to delete them all apart from one.

I can't budge it. I've used FileAssassin, LockHunter etc and I've also used CMD prompts.

CMD prompt comes back with the answer that the file cannot be found, when it is starting right at me on the desktop. I can't move it to another folder, or rename it. FileAssissin can't find it and LockHunter can't find it. Unlocker didn't work either.

Any other suggestions? I can screencap the CMD prompt too if its any help to anyone.

Oh, I also tried creating a file, the same name as the one I am trying to delete so it would have some data in it to delete it. It still doesn't work.

Any help on this matter would be great


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06 Jun 2010   #2
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Have you tried right-clicking and selecting 'Refresh'?
Because if CMD says it is not found, it is probably already deleted but never refreshed the desktop.
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06 Jun 2010   #3
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by T777 View Post
Hi all, First of all, im new here, today actually, I have looked many different forums and different solutions but nothing is working to delete this file from my desktop.

I let my sister borrow my laptop while I was away, and she had downloaded these torrent's to my system. Leaving the torrent files on my desktop. I was able to delete them all apart from one.

I can't budge it. I've used FileAssassin, LockHunter etc and I've also used CMD prompts.

CMD prompt comes back with the answer that the file cannot be found, when it is starting right at me on the desktop. I can't move it to another folder, or rename it. FileAssissin can't find it and LockHunter can't find it. Unlocker didn't work either.

Any other suggestions? I can screencap the CMD prompt too if its any help to anyone.

Oh, I also tried creating a file, the same name as the one I am trying to delete so it would have some data in it to delete it. It still doesn't work.

Any help on this matter would be great
You might want to "Take Ownership" of the file:

Take Ownership Shortcut
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06 Jun 2010   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Try creating a new folder on the Desktop. I'd name it something like "Junk". See if you can drag the troublesome file into it and then delete the "Junk" folder.

If that doesn't work, try MoveOnBoot.
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06 Jun 2010   #5
T777

Windows 7
 
 

I've tried refreshing the desktop, it won't remove, I've also tried creating a junk folder in the past and I cannot move it.

It is possibly the most stubborn file I've ever come across!

I'll try MoveOnBoot, in fact I'll try anything!!!!
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06 Jun 2010   #6
T777

Windows 7
 
 

MoveOnBoot did not remove it. It states the following:

"It seems that the following File does not exist so its deletion on the next Windows boot may not succeed:"
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06 Jun 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at this thread, Work yourself backwards from post #32 on page 4. Folder won't Delete - ARGH
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06 Jun 2010   #8
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

From your description of how the file was created it sounds like your torrent program created a placeholder for a file that never actually was downloaded. See if you have a file listed in your download manager as having "failed". If so, clear the list and see if the file goes away.

You might also run an error check on your hard drive to see if it can clear up the problem. If it shows disk space as being allocated for a non-existent file it might fix it for you.
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06 Jun 2010   #9
T777

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
From your description of how the file was created it sounds like your torrent program created a placeholder for a file that never actually was downloaded. See if you have a file listed in your download manager as having "failed". If so, clear the list and see if the file goes away.

You might also run an error check on your hard drive to see if it can clear up the problem. If it shows disk space as being allocated for a non-existent file it might fix it for you.
As far as a download manager, I don't have one, that I know of. All the Vuze folders are empty for incomplete files, I can't find anything relating to it.
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06 Jun 2010   #10
romar

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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