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Windows 7: Could not find this item - when deleting files

03 Mar 2014   #51
fionncroke

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
DelinvFile tool wored!

DelinvFile tool worked for me! Thanks to @galmeida for the help


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28 Mar 2014   #52
sean vida

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

This just happened to me and though I'm usually pretty computer savvy - I just couldn't follow the cmd: fixes...
Anyway, here's how I got rid of mine (which were all on an external Hard drive).
Click on the File/Right Click and go down to Properties/Click on Details/At bottom of Pop up Box click 'Remove Properties & Personal Information (which is highlighted in blue)/Click Select All (in the Pop Up Box) and OK/Another Box will appear saying "The Search Results in Computer......do you want to create it...../click Yes/ Another Box will appear saying 'Not all Properties were cleared....just click close. If file has not gone - click delete and it should be.... Worked for mine.
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06 Oct 2015   #53
brownbeardad

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Deletion of files that cannot be found

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tachy View Post
I know this is a bit late, but I found a quick workaround:

1) Open a Command Prompt.
2) Browse to the folder containing the buggy file.
3) Type 'dir /x' to obtain the 8.3 formatted filename.
4) Delete the file using the 8.3 filename, e.g. 'del NEWDOC~1.DOC'

Hope this information may spread and help other users with the same problem.
I followed this post by Tachy and it solved my problem! Thanks Tachy. Perhaps an old post but very helpful.
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31 Oct 2015   #54
Dancer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tachy View Post
I know this is a bit late, but I found a quick workaround:

1) Open a Command Prompt.
2) Browse to the folder containing the buggy file.
3) Type 'dir /x' to obtain the 8.3 formatted filename.
4) Delete the file using the 8.3 filename, e.g. 'del NEWDOC~1.DOC'

Hope this information may spread and help other users with the same problem.
Thanks Tachy. This solved my problem!
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30 Dec 2015   #55
WallisW

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Tachy and Niklet´s answer worked for me, ie: rename to 'del windows.old' then delete. Finally! I have wasted days on this problem. Thanks guys.
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07 Jan 2016   #56
smith0

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
 
 
Fix - Actually Works

I had this issue as well and after continously trying to delete/use cmd etc and refresh (or F5, as you all put it) it did. not. work. I was pretty infuriated at all the comments repeating the same use of F5 because you have prgrammes open that require a large amount of RAM. This was not the case and I'm fairly sure the OP said that.

However I did find out this is the easiest way to delete these unwanted files / folders. And since I'm a beginner with computers, this was how I did it and I'll explain it like you SHOULD to a begininger. I feel as though many people didn't take that into consideration as most of the comments just go over my head.
  • Open cmd. (Start>Type cmd>Hit Enter)
  • Type "cd /d {location of file/folder}"
  • Press Enter
  • Type "dir /x"
  • Press Enter. - A list of dates / times / and finally the name of your file or folder will show up.
  • Find the name that is similar to your file/folder name. This is the directry name "FILE~1" for example.
  • Type "rmdir /q /s {FILE~1}"
  • Press Enter.
  • The File should now be deleted.

Hope this helps anyone else out!
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02 Feb 2016   #57
sammerwehaib

TX-Texas
 
 
Solved!!!

I created a .RAR file and dragged (MOVED) the bad file/folder into that .RAR and then deleted the .RAR file successfully
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25 May 2016   #58
ChrisHeatley

7 Ultimate 32 bit.
 
 

Tachy - that did it! Many thanks
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