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Can't delete folder

by Jonathan Huffman / March 16, 2013 5:42 AM PDT

I have this folder that I try to delete(nothing in it). when I click on the delete tab i get a message "could not find this item" but it's right there on my desktop. is there a way to remove it permanently from my computer.

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Did you try the other way?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 5:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't delete folder

Which is to click on the start button, type desktop, press enter and delete it from that view?

And since we can re-create that folder is it ever truly gone permanently?

In closing, no OS mentioned so this won't apply to most Apple and other OSes.
Bob

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(NT) this didn't work
by Jonathan Huffman / March 16, 2013 6:08 AM PDT
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May not work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 6:12 AM PDT
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No OS noted so I can't be sure. Your choice to supply details.

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Details.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 6:28 AM PDT
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Details such as: did you see that folder? In detail view also? What happened when you tried to delete it?

And more:
- Open the command prompt, go to that same Desktop folder and do a dir? Do you see it? Can you delete it?
- Do a chkdsk to see if that finds any errors.
- Reboot and log in as another user (with administrative capabilities). Try to delete it from there.
- Big trick: If you see it, set its (right click) hidden attribute. Then you don't see it any more (unless you've got your settings to show hidden files).

Kees

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Folder
by pgc3 / March 19, 2013 2:20 AM PDT
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Does it appear in PROGRAM FILES? As prior posters stated, more info, OS etc....

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Re: folder
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 5:48 AM PDT
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1. Reboot
2. In Windows Explorer go to the Desktop folder in your own Windows profile. Something like c:\Users\yourname\Desktop. Set the view to 'detail'. Do you see that folder? Can you delete it?

Kees

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Another thing or button.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 6:32 AM PDT
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Click on the open area of the desktop. Tap F5 so the desktop refreshes it view of the Desktop folder you see Kees and I are writing about.

Sometimes it's just some leftover that needs the F5 refresh.
Bob

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Unlocker
by The ancient one / August 11, 2013 10:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't delete folder

You might try to get rid of this by downloading a program called "unlocker" from CNET. I have found this to be a most useful bit of software for getting rid of folders and files that "don't want to be deleted"

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