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Windows 7: File deleted but thumbnail shows during search

19 Sep 2016   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
File deleted but thumbnail shows during search

Hi. A couple of weeks ago I deleted a wmv video file from a folder containing other video files. Today, I searched that folder for something and the deleted file showed up (it shared a word with the file I was looking for). However, the file wasn't REALLY there, just the thumbnail for it. Anything I tried to do with it - delete, rename, move - gave me the message "Could not find this item. This is no longer located..."

As I said, I deleted it a couple of weeks ago so any 'ghost' would have vanished by now, no?

Does anyone have any suggestions as to cause and cure? Many thanks if you do.

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20 Sep 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

You can try deleting contents of these folders-
Temp, %temp%
1.Click Win+R
Then write Temp
Delete entire contents by Ctrl+A and Delete
Leave those that won't delete
2. Click Win+R
Then write %Temp%
Delete entire contents by Ctrl+A and Delete
Leave those that won't delete
If the ghost still appears try deleting prefetch-
Click Win+R
Then write Prefetch
Delete entire contents by Ctrl+A and Delete
Leave those that won't delete
[Note: Deleting prefetch may make a few apps take little longer time at 1st run to start after deletion]
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21 Sep 2016   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Hello Beowulf1 and thanks for the suggestion. It didn't work, unfortunately. I then ran CCleaner but all it did was remove the picture from the thumbnail.

I fixed it, though: I created a new folder, moved the videos into it and deleted the old folder.
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