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Windows 7: Cannot delete 0 Byte File

16 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot delete 0 Byte File

I have a 0 byte file that is in my pictures and I cannot delete/copy/cut it. It's been on my computer for a few years and I've tried to do a lot to get rid of it. The original picture is long gone. When I attempt to open the file, there is no program on my system that can open it. Help please?

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16 Aug 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Since you have tried lots of things - anything that we suggest will most likely be something that you have already tried.

The first thing that I would try is to make sure that the filing system is healthy via CHKDSK. See these two links:
Disk Check
Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

Then try this check:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

You can also try Unlocker. Make sure to uncheck any junk that it wants to install.

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Once Unlocker is installed, right-click on the file that you want to delete and select Unlocker from the context menu.

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23 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Cannot Delete 0 Byte File on Desktop

Bunch of solutions for this issue on that page.
the main one that worked for me was
navigating to the directory in an elevated command prompt
CD C:\users\(username)\downloads
then typing dir /x to find the 'short' file name of the corrupted file Example: Fairyt~2 was mine
then typing del (shortname)

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
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