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undeletable desktop icons

by trlarse / March 29, 2004 9:10 AM PST

I have a few dead icons on my windows XP desktop which I can't delete. The link doesn't exist anymore... I recreated the link however it still doesn't allow me to delete the icon. Is there an INI file or someplace in the registry I can remove these desktop icons manually? Tweek UI doesn't work either!

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Try deleting in safe mode.
by Michael Geist / March 29, 2004 10:04 AM PST


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Re:undeletable desktop icons
by trlarse / March 29, 2004 11:24 AM PST

Safemode will not allow me to delete the icons either... I have tried almost everything... Where do I physically remove the desktop icon???? It is either in the registry or in an INI file somewhere...? Can anyone help?

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Re:undeletable desktop icons
by Cursorcowboy / March 29, 2004 9:44 PM PST

1. The article [Q320081] explains why you may not be able to delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume and how to address the different causes to resolve this issue.

2. Otherwise, please read Doug Knox's tip, "How do I delete an "undeletable" file?."

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Re:undeletable desktop icons
by Tufenuf / March 29, 2004 9:48 PM PST

trlarse, Open Windows Explorer and look in C:\Documents & Settings\Owner\Desktop and see it those icons are there. If they are right click them and choose Delete. You may also want to check C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Desktop and C:\Documents & Settings\Default Users\Desktop.

If the above doesn't work try dragging & dropping them into the Recycle Bin and see if you can empty the Recycle Bin. Another thing to try is to right click your Desktop, choose new and create a new folder, give it any name then try dragging & dropping those icons into it and then right click the folder and choose Delete.


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