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Windows 7: Delete file/folder bug??

04 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
Delete file/folder bug??


This is a strange issue, i know, but it has happened to me at least 4 times on 2 different machines, with different hardware, one with Win7 x64 Premium, the other Win7 x32 Pro.

Lets say you have 20 files and folders inside the Downloads folder. What has happened to me is that I was deleting files and folders inside this Downloads folder, only for the entire Downloads folder and its contents to dissapear. I wasn't using Shift+Delete, so you would expect some evidence in the Recycle Bin, but nothing. Even using tools like Recuva didn't find all of the files again.

Has anyone seen anything like this? Anyone aware of a HotFix from MS?? I have searched around the net for any similar complaints, but nothing.

Any help would be good, as I would hate to lose some critical files.


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04 Oct 2010   #2

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547

of the many different ways to delete stuff, which method were you using..

eg. High-light and Del key, or right-click and select Delete from the drop-down list, etc, etc..

- knowing which method you employ may yield a clue..
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04 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

Highlight & Del key is my weapon of choice.
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05 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Hi, theapostle21, welcome to the forums!

Have you checked your recycle bin settings to be certain no changes have been inadvertently implemented?

Right-click on your Recycle Bin icon and select "Properties":
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Then be certain the setting indicated below is not selected:
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Did you see a delete confirmation dialog?

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07 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro 32bit


Recycle Bin settings are as above on both machines.

The problem is that it is not the files that I have deleted that I am trying to recover - it is that there are other files in the same folder, which I havent deleted or attempted to delete, that dissapear...
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07 Oct 2010   #6

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Are you using any mouse or keyboard that has proprietary drivers/software?
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07 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

I'm using a Lenovo standard keyboard on my work PC, and a Microsoft keyboard at home (old PS2 based, not running Intelli software). Unless the Lenovo keyboard has some weird drivers...
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07 Oct 2010   #8

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

If you can, try substituting your keyboard and mouse selectively (one at a time) to check whether it's not the hardware at fault.
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23 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Delete file/folder bug??


My apologies for tacking onto the end of this post, I appreciate that it was last active a few months back, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I have exactly the same problem.

It happened to me twice today and I feel that if there is an issue or bug with Windows 7 then more people should be made aware of it.

When deleting files the whole folder disappeared. In the first instance I highlighted and selected multiple files in the download folder and every file in the folder disappeared. The Download folder itself did not disappear because there was a file that was half way through downloading so it couldn't.

I wondered what the hell had happened but I couldn't find the deleted files for love nor money. In the second instance I only deleted a single file and the whole folder disappeared completely! No warning, just gone.

I certainly didn't do anything wrong and I am an IT professional of 10 years standing so I can usually delete files without deleting folders, so I am at a loss.

By poking around the Internet I can see that this has happened to other people. Has anyone got ideas? Or is this indeed a bug?
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23 Nov 2010   #10

Win 7

Maybe the OP has run into this (serious, in my view) GUI bug that has bit me lots of times. See the attachment. Pressing delete, what is deleted, the "Driver Files" parent folder or the "Win7_x64" child folder? There's no way to tell, it depends on which one was selected first. And if you don't watch out you will delete the upper folder ("Driver Files" in this case). This has bug (yes, I consider it such) has been with W7 since the beginning. I do not think it was present in XP, I cannot recall being bit by it anyway (and Vista, I have no idea, never used).

In my opinion, selecting "Driver Files" should un-select "Win7_x64". It doesn't...

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