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File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

  1. #1


    Guy Guest

    File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Hi

    I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted over a
    month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When trying
    to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the folder it was.

    When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not visible.
    They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know how to
    completely get rid of them?

    I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to have
    worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.

    Thanks


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  3. #2


    Ian Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Hi Guy,

    That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.

    The Recent folder is:
    C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in the
    Recent folder.

    Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.

    Regards,
    Ian
    "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > Hi
    >
    > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted over
    > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When
    > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    > folder it was.
    >
    > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know how
    > to completely get rid of them?
    >
    > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to have
    > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    >
    > Thanks

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    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy View Post
    Hi

    I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted over a
    month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When trying
    to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the folder it was.

    When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not visible.
    They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know how to
    completely get rid of them?

    I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to have
    worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.

    Thanks
    Hi Guy,

    This could also be from the Index not being updated yet. Since it runs slowly in the background when the computer is idle and running, it can take some time to finish updating for the search results. You can force it to update itself quicker by "Rebuilding the Index" you can see how to do this here if needed.

    Indexing Options

    Shawn

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    stan Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of the
    files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to dump
    some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not found"
    message, "this is no longer located in
    C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any other
    fixes?

    "Ian" wrote:

    > Hi Guy,
    >
    > That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    > deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    >
    > The Recent folder is:
    > C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    >
    > I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in the
    > Recent folder.
    >
    > Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ian
    > "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx

    > > Hi
    > >
    > > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted over
    > > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When
    > > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    > > folder it was.
    > >
    > > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    > > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know how
    > > to completely get rid of them?
    > >
    > > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to have
    > > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    > >
    > > Thanks
    >

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    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of the
    files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to dump
    some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not found"
    message, "this is no longer located in
    C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any other
    fixes?

    "Ian" wrote:
    > Hi Guy,
    >
    > That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    > deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    >
    > The Recent folder is:
    > C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    >
    > I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in the
    > Recent folder.
    >
    > Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ian
    > "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx
    >
    Hi Stan,

    Did you "Rebuilding the Index" to see if that would update the search results for you?

    Indexing Options

    Shawn

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  7. #6


    Bob Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Run Disk Cleanup.

    "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EBF1DE3D-9623-4B63-8E4E-DC70D6A18781@xxxxxx

    >I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of
    >the
    > files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to
    > dump
    > some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not found"
    > message, "this is no longer located in
    > C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any other
    > fixes?
    >
    > "Ian" wrote:
    >

    >> Hi Guy,
    >>
    >> That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    >> deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    >>
    >> The Recent folder is:
    >> C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    >>
    >> I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in the
    >> Recent folder.
    >>
    >> Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> Ian
    >> "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx

    >> > Hi
    >> >
    >> > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted
    >> > over
    >> > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When
    >> > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    >> > folder it was.
    >> >
    >> > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    >> > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know
    >> > how
    >> > to completely get rid of them?
    >> >
    >> > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to
    >> > have
    >> > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks
    >>

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  8. #7


    stan Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    I did, but they're still there. What about rebuilding the index? Would that
    clean them up?

    "Bob" wrote:

    > Run Disk Cleanup.
    >
    > "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:EBF1DE3D-9623-4B63-8E4E-DC70D6A18781@xxxxxx

    > >I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of
    > >the
    > > files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to
    > > dump
    > > some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not found"
    > > message, "this is no longer located in
    > > C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any other
    > > fixes?
    > >
    > > "Ian" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Hi Guy,
    > >>
    > >> That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    > >> deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    > >>
    > >> The Recent folder is:
    > >> C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    > >>
    > >> I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in the
    > >> Recent folder.
    > >>
    > >> Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    > >>
    > >> Regards,
    > >> Ian
    > >> "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx
    > >> > Hi
    > >> >
    > >> > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted
    > >> > over
    > >> > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer. When
    > >> > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    > >> > folder it was.
    > >> >
    > >> > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    > >> > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know
    > >> > how
    > >> > to completely get rid of them?
    > >> >
    > >> > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear to
    > >> > have
    > >> > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks
    > >>
    >
    >

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  9. #8


    Bob Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Do you see the "files" in C:\Windows\Prefetch?

    "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:BF03F67C-DE3E-436A-88EB-C7A45A63A820@xxxxxx

    >I did, but they're still there. What about rebuilding the index? Would
    >that
    > clean them up?
    >
    > "Bob" wrote:
    >

    >> Run Disk Cleanup.
    >>
    >> "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:EBF1DE3D-9623-4B63-8E4E-DC70D6A18781@xxxxxx

    >> >I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of
    >> >the
    >> > files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to
    >> > dump
    >> > some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not
    >> > found"
    >> > message, "this is no longer located in
    >> > C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any
    >> > other
    >> > fixes?
    >> >
    >> > "Ian" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Hi Guy,
    >> >>
    >> >> That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    >> >> deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    >> >>
    >> >> The Recent folder is:
    >> >> C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    >> >>
    >> >> I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in
    >> >> the
    >> >> Recent folder.
    >> >>
    >> >> Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    >> >>
    >> >> Regards,
    >> >> Ian
    >> >> "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> >> news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx
    >> >> > Hi
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted
    >> >> > over
    >> >> > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer.
    >> >> > When
    >> >> > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    >> >> > folder it was.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    >> >> > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know
    >> >> > how
    >> >> > to completely get rid of them?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > have
    >> >> > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Thanks
    >> >>
    >>
    >>

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    stan Guest

    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    No. I give up! I've tried everything. It must be a Vista glitch?

    "Bob" wrote:

    > Do you see the "files" in C:\Windows\Prefetch?
    >
    > "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:BF03F67C-DE3E-436A-88EB-C7A45A63A820@xxxxxx

    > >I did, but they're still there. What about rebuilding the index? Would
    > >that
    > > clean them up?
    > >
    > > "Bob" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Run Disk Cleanup.
    > >>
    > >> "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:EBF1DE3D-9623-4B63-8E4E-DC70D6A18781@xxxxxx
    > >> >I tried this, but couldn't locate a "recent folder." I did find many of
    > >> >the
    > >> > files I've been trying to delete by searching "recent." I was able to
    > >> > dump
    > >> > some of them, not all of them. Many still have the same "item not
    > >> > found"
    > >> > message, "this is no longer located in
    > >> > C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Any
    > >> > other
    > >> > fixes?
    > >> >
    > >> > "Ian" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Hi Guy,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> That's because Vista keeps shortcuts of previously opened files (even
    > >> >> deleted ones) in the Recent folder. It's safe to delete these files.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> The Recent folder is:
    > >> >> C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    > >> >>
    > >> >> I believe the deleted files you see in Search are shortcuts found in
    > >> >> the
    > >> >> Recent folder.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Once deleted, you shouldn't see these files when using search.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Regards,
    > >> >> Ian
    > >> >> "Guy" <guyhannan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:17F7849D-E460-47A9-BA43-E5F27B73802B@xxxxxx
    > >> >> > Hi
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > I have an issue that I have just notied several files that I deleted
    > >> >> > over
    > >> >> > a month ago are still visible when doing searches on my computer.
    > >> >> > When
    > >> >> > trying to delete that I'm told that it is "no longer located in" the
    > >> >> > folder it was.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > When looking in the original folder the files were in they are not
    > >> >> > visible. They can only be seen when doing a search. Does anyone know
    > >> >> > how
    > >> >> > to completely get rid of them?
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > I believe this should happen automatically, but it does not appear
    > >> >> > to
    > >> >> > have
    > >> >> > worked as it was a long time ago that I originally deleted them.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Thanks
    > >> >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >

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    Re: File is deleted, but still showing in 'Windows Search'

    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    No. I give up! I've tried everything. It must be a Vista glitch?

    "Bob" wrote:
    > Do you see the "files" in C:\Windows\Prefetch?
    >
    > "stan" <stan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:BF03F67C-DE3E-436A-88EB-C7A45A63A820@xxxxxx
    >
    >
    Stan, did you try rebuilding the index?

    Shawn

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