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Windows 7: How to delete a missing file?

04 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 RTM SP1 6.1.7601.17517 x64 (Signature Edition)
How to delete a missing file?

Ok so I downloaded a torrent from the internet and when I opened it up in uTorrent another file appeared with the same name and it was white and it didn't have the uTorrent logo on it. I deleted the uTorrent one and the other one said file is missing. I brought it back out of the Recycle bin and then tried to delete the other file and it deleted but then the uTorrent one turned white and I couldn't delete that one now.

Any help?

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04 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install


Hope this helps

First make a virus scan
download and run this
Finally if all is negative read this:
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt[2]=File Folder Settings
Same for windows 7
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04 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 RTM SP1 6.1.7601.17517 x64 (Signature Edition)

NVM I fixed it with this:

Here is a more detailed procedure and hopefully easier for you to follow. With example included.

Before opening the command prompt, locate the file. If it is on your desktop, right click on the file icon and click on properties.

Under the General Tab, Location should be indicated there. Copy the location. (Drag cursor, right click, copy). ex. C:\Users\ioftro\Desktop

Open Command prompt as administrator also known as CMD.exe - You can access this from the start menu, search box> type CMD.... It will be shown as a search result, right click on it and run as admin.

When cmd opens,

Type "CD <space><location of file>"
example: "CD C:\Users\ioftro\Desktop" -without quotes *just paste the location you copied there...after CD and click enter. Don't forget to type CD first and then a space and then paste the location.


TYPE "dir /a /x /p" without quotes. Click Enter again.

Look for the file name you want to delete. It will be in an 8.3 format (example xxxx~1.tor)

Once you locate the file you want to delete

TYPE DEL<Space><the filename.extension> and click enter.
ex. DEL xxxx~1.tor then enter.

The file should be gone. Note the name would not be the normal long filename, it will be shown as 8.3 filename very similar to my example above. That is what you need to delete and not the long filename.
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