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Windows 7: Weird Paper/File Icon on Desktop

19 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Weird Paper/File Icon on Desktop


After refreshing, I get this weird paper/file icon on my desktop. It looks like a system icon. I tried to delete it and it asks me if I want to delete THESE ICONS from my desktop and if I want to restore it later, I must go to Control Panel. I clicked Yes and so it was deleted but after every refresh, it returns. I deleted it again, after refreshing it went back again and again. I want to get rid of this once and for all but I can't because it keeps on coming back after I refresh. Please help


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19 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate

Try going into safe mode and delete.
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20 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

I just solved a similar problem-- not sure if it's the same one. Check out this thread: Non-Existent Icon Stuck on Desktop - Can't Delete

Another good thread where I got my answers: Can't delete Icon on desktop

The difference between my phantom icon and yours is that mine had a file-name and yours doesn't. The way I got rid of mine was as follows:

First, I opened a command prompt. Start->Type CMD into the search bar.
I then entered the following lines:
cd %USERPROFILE%\desktop
attrib -r -s -h "filename"*.*
del "filename"*.*
I only had to enter part of the file name-- not the whole thing. Perhaps what you could do-- since it looks like you don't have a file-name to work with-- is try backing up all your files from your desktop somewhere else so you don't delete them, and try entering like so without a filename: (I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but hey-- it's the idea right?)

cd %USERPROFILE%\desktop
attrib -r -s -h "*"*.*
del "*"*.*
This should delete everything on the desktop, no matter what it is...

Someone else suggested CCleaner: CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 May 2010   #4


my solution is simple .. i go to folder option>>show hidden files>> show system process

then i go to desktop and i delete desktop.ini from there.
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