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How can I delete/remove an (Empty) desktop file?

I have Windows XP, SP3 (Home Edition), Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53GHz, 768 MB of RAM.
I have been trying desperately to remove a file on my desktop, all to no avail. It was originally a photo saved to my desktop from, I believe, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. I have long ago deleted the picture, but the file icon remains on my desktop. I have tried everything (including renaming, "save as...", etc.), and the internet has provided many suggestions, but none of them worked. Some suggestions were way too complicated, and they sounded a bit dangerous. I have tried using the command prompt (many times), but it didn't work. Any help would be appreciated.

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Tried "Unlocker" Yet?

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Not sure

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I noticed that unilocker's listed error message samples didn't include: "Cannot delete file. Cannot read from the source file or disk". I will try it anyway, thank you.

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Re: file

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That message usually means the file doesn't exist anymore.

So can you tell what happens if you go into the command prompt and browse to your desktop folder:
- can you see the file in a dir-command?
- what error message do you get if you delete it from there?

Kees

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SUCCESS!

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I can't believe how easy it was! It deleted it quickly (and to think; I'd been trying to delete it for months now). Thank you SO much, and thank you to all who replied!

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unlocker

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this is very useful software,it work very simple and effective!! Love it!!

Thanks.

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Here I use

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The start button. I type in DESKTOP and I see the directory of the desktop. I usually can delete it there. If not, log out and into your spare admin account then head to that folder and from your spare admin account, delete it.
Bob

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Here's how I do it.

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Create a folder then drag and drop it into the undelete-able folder. Now try deleting it. Good luck.

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No luck

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Sorry, but that didn't work either.

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Thanks for nothing, Grif.

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UNLOCKER is full of MALWARE. I just barely saved my laptop by doing a system restore in safe mode. Do they pay you people to advertise malware in forums?

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Report notes it now has Babylon.

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