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Windows 7: Desktop icons won't delete

07 Dec 2010   #1
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 
Desktop icons won't delete

I accidently unzipped a folder to the desktop so the zipped contents were placed on the desktop instead of into a folder like I intended to do. I just selected them all and deleted them and did it into a folder but three icons from the files are left and they cannot be deleted.

This is message I get when I try to delete them "This is no longer located in C:\Users\Me\Desktop. Verify the items location and try again".

I have tried renaming to delete and I get the same does not exist message. The files are 0 bytes in size and are blank icons like a piece of paper with the upper right corner folded down. In properties it says they are a "File (.)" and opens with Windows Shell Command. The unzipped contents were for making a boot CD for a password reset tool.

Any ideas what I can do to get rid of them?


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07 Dec 2010   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

try unziping to the desktop again it may let you replace the already existing ,then cut and paste them to a new folder.
Also give this a glance
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07 Dec 2010   #3
Pusspa

 
 

have you tried right clicking on an empty spot of the desktop and selecting refresh?
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07 Dec 2010   #4
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

I tried the re-unzipping and no luck since the new file names I found all have periods after them where the originals did not. I cannot rename them. They are all 0 bytes. Refreshing desktop did not work either. Also tried doing it from the command prompt but it says they do not exist. I even tried creating a folder to put them in then to do the CMD delete method...no luck they will only allow themselves to be moved around on the desktop and that is it.
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07 Dec 2010   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

See if booting into safe mode will let you move them
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07 Dec 2010   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

You could also try binning them from command prompt, though I don't remember the commands off the top of my head.

~Lordbob
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08 Dec 2010   #7
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
See if booting into safe mode will let you move them
Tried this
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08 Dec 2010   #8
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
You could also try binning them from command prompt, though I don't remember the commands off the top of my head.

~Lordbob
Tried this one also. I did find another thread where a guy had the same problem so I have sent him a message to see if he solved it.
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08 Dec 2010   #9
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

Here is the link to his thread here and he has a pic so you can see the exact message I am getting.

I cant seem to delete icons off my desktop?

His files do show they do have some size to them where mine are all 0 kbs but the message it shows is what I am getting.
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13 Feb 2011   #10
trevboll

64
 
 

Thank you @pusspa I right clicked my desktop and clicked refreshand it worked!thx again.
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