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Windows 7: I cannot delete this file.

26 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1
I cannot delete this file.


So, for a week or so now, I've been having this issue where I can't delete this file without an extension. It was supposed to be a .RAR file but something failed and it left this. Now when I try sending it to the recycle bin it says that this is not the valid location of the file. So now I don't know where it is. I tried using FileAssassin but it couldn't be deleted.

So any suggestions on how this could be fixed?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Put it in a folder then try.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jul 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

You may want to try this software if the above does not work:
Download Unlocker 1.9.1 -
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
Try in safe mode, too.
Did you try to rename with the extension?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1

I'll try that program and the tutorial. Thank you.

And I can't put it into another folder. When I try doing anything with the file I get the error message that the specified path is not correct.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jul 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

How was the file created?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try to use a DOS window and delete it from the command line. Also, be sure (if you're using Windows explorer) that you're seeing the extensions and hidden files, as it may have an extension that Windows is hiding from you.

File - Delete from Command Prompt
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jul 2012   #7

Ubuntu 12.10

Run chkdsk on your drive (the file might be corrupt), if that doesn't fix it or let you delete it, and the above posts don't help, you could boot into a Linux Live CD distro, such as Ubuntu Home | Ubuntu and delete it from there. It should definitely be able to do so.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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