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Windows 7: "could not find this item" - NOT The same problem!!!

04 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
"could not find this item" - NOT The same problem!!!

as seen in screenshot.

i'm getting seriously irritated by this problem. from my google search, all the "SOLVED" cases so far are stop-gap measures, e.g. using CMD or Devlinvfile to delete the files - but that is not the main issue.

i CAN delete the files, just that for whatever i do - rename/delete/copy/move, it will give me this error message, although after pressing "try again" it just executes the action.

i just want to get rid of this nag message - please suggest how! i've ran chkdsk but to no avail.

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04 Mar 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Savager,

You might see if running a SFC /SCANNOW command may be able to help if it's corrupted system files that may be causing this. If it finds any, then it may take running it a few times to fix them all.

As a test, create a new administrator account and see if it does the same while logged in it.

Hope this helps for now,
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05 Mar 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

Run the attached .reg. It originated on this forum somewhere, but I cannot find it. Works a charm!

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05 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

hi davehc,

i found that earlier on in my search for answers, but it didn't seem to work at all.

brink : same reply as above!
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05 Mar 2011   #5
Orbital Shark



What is the exact folder structure/location of the folder you're trying to delete? This message usually appears if a delete/rename/move function has already been processed and for some reason it's not refreshed properly.

If you're having folder issues try the following...

1, Open up explorer (in any folder).
2, Click Organize then Folder and Search options
3, In the View tab click Reset Folders

"could not find this item" - NOT The same problem!!!-reset-folders.png

Now try the process again and see if it has been resolved.


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06 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


there is no exact location in which this error occurs. it could happen in just plain ol' C:, or my secondary HDD, D:\photos\etc etc.

the problem still exists.
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06 Mar 2011   #7
Orbital Shark


You might want to look at

Repair Install

This will show you how to do a repair install (aka: in-place upgrade install) to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.
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