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Cannot delete folder from desktop... 'Item not found'

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Suzy Free

#1
Hi there,

Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....

Could not find this item.
This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
location and try again.

Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks!
 

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John Inzer

#2
Suzy Free wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I
> cannot delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>
> Could not find this item.
> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the
> item's location and try again.
>
> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks!
=====================================
Maybe the following freebie would be worth a try:

Unlocker
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

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Suzy Free

#3
Hi John,
Thanks for that - tried it and when i tried to run the unlocker it says
'Error ebug Privileges'.... checked the site but cant figure out what I am
supposed to do next....

"John Inzer" wrote:

> Suzy Free wrote:

> > Hi there,
> >
> > Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I
> > cannot delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
> >
> > Could not find this item.
> > This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the
> > item's location and try again.
> >
> > Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> > Thanks!
> =====================================
> Maybe the following freebie would be worth a try:
>
> Unlocker
> http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
>
> --
>
> John Inzer
> MS Picture It! -
> Digital Image MVP
>
> Digital Image
> Highlights and FAQs
> http://support.microsoft.com/ph/695
>
> Notice
> This is not tech support
> I am a volunteer
>
> Solutions that work for
> me may not work for you
>
> Proceed at your own risk
>
>
>
 

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Suzy Free

#4
Woops I meant 'Debug privileges' not 'Ebug'.

"Suzy Free" wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>
> Could not find this item.
> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
> location and try again.
>
> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks!
 

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John Inzer

#5
Suzy Free wrote:

> Woops I meant 'Debug privileges' not 'Ebug'.
============================
First...did you try deleting the folder in Safe Mode?

Windows Vista -
What Is Safe Mode
http://tinyurl.com/2mpeef

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/d063548a-3fc9-4723-99f3-b12a0c4354a81033.mspx

Windows Vista -
Start your computer in safe mode
http://tinyurl.com/397vhf

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/323ef48f-7b93-4079-a48a-5c58eec904a11033.mspx

Sorry...I haven't seen that error before.

The following thread is discussing
the same issue but it's unclear about
the fix:

VISTA: Why do i need permission to delete a file?
http://forum.notebookreview.com/archive/index.php/t-184797.html

Maybe it means you need to run it
as administrator but I'm not sure.

Windows Vista -
Run As Administrator
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/run_as_administrator.htm

Good luck.

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Highlights and FAQs
http://support.microsoft.com/ph/695

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I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

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Jane C

#6
Hi Suzy,

If you right-click on the Desktop and select "Refresh", does the offending
folder disappear?

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"Suzy Free" <Suzy Free@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:01A04141-050A-482D-96EB-D6257EE2BB81@xxxxxx

> Hi there,
>
> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>
> Could not find this item.
> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
> location and try again.
>
> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks!
 

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#7
"Suzy Free" wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>
> Could not find this item.

> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
> location and try again.
>
> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks!

Suzy Free,

Drag the icon to the Recycle bin and see if you can delete it that way.
Have a nice day.

C.B.
 

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Suzy Free

#8
Thank you all for your help but I have tried everything and nothing works....
Any other suggestions?!

"CB" wrote:

>
>
> "Suzy Free" wrote:
>

> > Hi there,
> >
> > Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
> > delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
> >
> > Could not find this item.
>

> > This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
> > location and try again.
> >
> > Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> > Thanks!
>
>
> Suzy Free,
>
> Drag the icon to the Recycle bin and see if you can delete it that way.
> Have a nice day.
>
> C.B.
>
>
 

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---Fitz---

#9
"Suzy Free" <SuzyFree@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Thank you all for your help but I have tried everything and nothing
> works....
> Any other suggestions?!
>
> "CB" wrote:
>

>>
>>
>> "Suzy Free" wrote:
>>

>> > Hi there,
>> >
>> > Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
>> > delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>> >
>> > Could not find this item.
>>

>> > This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the
>> > item's
>> > location and try again.
>> >
>> > Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
>> > Thanks!
>>
>>
>> Suzy Free,
>>
>> Drag the icon to the Recycle bin and see if you can delete it that
>> way.
>> Have a nice day.
>>
>> C.B.
>>
>>

Can you delete the folder using the command prompt?
 

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william davidson

#10
you could try & create your self a new profile & then get rid of the ols one
(only if this is causing a major issue)
have you rebooted ?


"CB" <CB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>
>
> "Suzy Free" wrote:
>

>> Hi there,
>>
>> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I cannot
>> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>>
>> Could not find this item.
>

>> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the item's
>> location and try again.
>>
>> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
>> Thanks!
>
>
> Suzy Free,
>
> Drag the icon to the Recycle bin and see if you can delete it that
> way.
> Have a nice day.
>
> C.B.
>
>
 

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fillopastry

#11
Suzy Free;3464666 Wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I
> cannot
> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>
> Could not find this item.
> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the
> item's
> location and try again.
>
> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks!
I had exactly the same problem. I figured it must have something to do
with my registry file so I downloaded Registry Doctor, reapired registry
problems and was able to detlete the old user folder without any
problems.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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gandalff

#12
Have you tried right clicking on the desktop and choosing refresh?
Gandalff


"fillopastry" <fillopastry.3h1jfc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>
> Suzy Free;3464666 Wrote:

>> Hi there,
>>
>> Can anyone help me?? I have an empty folder on my desktop that I
>> cannot
>> delete. I get this message when I try and delete it....
>>
>> Could not find this item.
>> This is no longer located in C:\Users\Marianne\Desktop. Verify the
>> item's
>> location and try again.
>>
>> Its driving me crazy so any help would be much appreciated!
>> Thanks!
>
> I had exactly the same problem. I figured it must have something to do
> with my registry file so I downloaded Registry Doctor, reapired registry
> problems and was able to detlete the old user folder without any
> problems.
>
> Hope this helps, good luck!
>
>
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whatsup1

#13
I just fix a problem just like yours.

Right click on the folder and then select "Cut." THEN you can right
click on the desktop background and hit refresh. I had my icon Cut and
I noticed the icon image faded away, then I read people's replies on
here and clicked refresh. Worked like a charm.


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jamestngo

#14
I had a file on my desktop that did not want to delete, and the "cut
and refresh" method did not work for me in Windows Vista.
The correct way to do it is to delete the file from the Command Prompt
with administrator privileges.

To do this, find Command Prompt in your Start menu by typing 'Command'
in the search box, then right-click it and select Run as
Administrator.
Then type 'cd %userprofile%\desktop' and press enter, that should take
you to your desktop folder. (If the file is located in another folder
you will have to navigate there yourself, this is not a treatise on
using the Command Prompt)
Type 'dir' to view the contents of the directory, which for this
example would be your Desktop folder.
Then type 'del filename.xyz' where xyz is the file's extension.

e.g. the offending file is called wontdelete.zip
You would type 'del wontdelete.zip' and press enter.

If there are spaces anywhere in the filename you will have to put it
in quotation marks.
e.g. del "w o n t d e l e t e.zip"

Sometimes the filename or folder is so complicated it might still say
'file could not be found'
Try searching for an shorter name using the dir command and * as a
wildcard

e.g. The filename or folder contains the word 'zip' in it, you would
enter 'dir *zip*'
As long as you get only the desired file or folder, you can now safely
enter 'del *zip*'
If you enter it when there are i.e. 4 entries then it would delete all
4.
It shouldn't take long to experiment with the dir command and
wildcards to narrow your search down.

Hope this helps.

On Dec 1, 5:22 pm, whatsup1 <whatsup1.3jr...@xxxxxx> wrote:

> I just fix a problem just like yours.  
>
> Right click on the folder and then select "Cut."  THEN you can right
> click on the desktop background and hit refresh.  I had my icon Cut and
> I noticed the icon image faded away, then I read people's replies on
> here and clicked refresh.  Worked like a charm.
>
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Sapan

#15
On Dec 9, 9:15 am, jamest...@xxxxxx wrote:

> I had a file on my desktop that did not want to delete, and the "cut
> and refresh" method did not work for me in Windows Vista.
> The correct way to do it is to delete the file from the Command Prompt
> with administrator privileges.
>
> To do this, find Command Prompt in your Start menu by typing 'Command'
> in the search box, then right-click it and select Run as
> Administrator.
> Then type 'cd %userprofile%\desktop' and press enter, that should take
> you to your desktop folder. (If the file is located in another folder
> you will have to navigate there yourself, this is not a treatise on
> using the Command Prompt)
> Type 'dir' to view the contents of the directory, which for this
> example would be your Desktop folder.
> Then type 'del filename.xyz' where xyz is the file's extension.
>
> e.g. the offending file is called wontdelete.zip
> You would type 'del wontdelete.zip' and press enter.
>
> If there are spaces anywhere in the filename you will have to put it
> in quotation marks.
> e.g. del "w o n t d e l e t e.zip"
>
> Sometimes the filename or folder is so complicated it might still say
> 'file could not be found'
> Try searching for an shorter name using the dir command and * as a
> wildcard
>
> e.g. The filename or folder contains the word 'zip' in it, you would
> enter 'dir *zip*'
> As long as you get only the desired file or folder, you can now safely
> enter 'del *zip*'
> If you enter it when there are i.e. 4 entries then it would delete all
> 4.
> It shouldn't take long to experiment with the dir command and
> wildcards to narrow your search down.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> On Dec 1, 5:22 pm, whatsup1 <whatsup1.3jr...@xxxxxx> wrote:
>

> > I just fix a problem just like yours.  
>

> > Right click on the folder and then select "Cut."  THEN you can right
> > click on the desktop background and hit refresh.  I had my icon Cut and
> > I noticed the icon image faded away, then I read people's replies on
> > here and clicked refresh.  Worked like a charm.
>

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This worked for me. Even if the folder is located somewhere else....
1. Open up a command prompt (run cmd.exe from the Start Menu).
2. Navigate to the folder that the object resides in.
3. Run "dir /a /x /p" to display the contents of the folder, including
hidden files (/a) and 8.3 filenames (/x).
4. Find the 8.3 filename of the object to the left of the regular,
long filename.
5. Run "ren <8.3 name>" to rename the object, "del <8.3 name>" to
delete it if it's a file and "rd /s <8.3 name>" to delete it if it's a
folder.
 

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#16
Help! I have the same problem :( I have a file on my desktop that is 0 bytes and will not delete. Keep getting "could not find this item". So I tried the command prompt solution provided above. I ran it as an administrator, viewed the contents of the directory (and it was there), but when I tried to delete it - "Could Not Find C:..."
The file I'm trying to delete is a download gone bad - it has no extension and the name is pretty long. Does that make a difference in "how" I should delete it?

Help!! It is driving me n-u-t-s
 

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n1ner6er

#18
I had this same problem until just now. I created a new folder in the
same directory (for me "desktop") with an identical name. This allowed
me to delete the old folder. The new folder with the same name had the
same "item not found" problem.

I tried the same thing again and I was able to delete the folder.


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mmarivas23

#19
n1ner6er;4727222 Wrote:

> I had this same problem until just now. I created a new folder in the
> same directory (for me "desktop") with an identical name. This allowed
> me to delete the old folder. The new folder with the same name had the
> same "item not found" problem.
>
> I tried the same thing again and I was able to delete the folder.



I really sought out many versions of help with removing folders that
were not found in my C:/ Drive and found a much simpler way, of course
with the help of other postings...

Now, I don't know if it will work for everybody but it certainly worked
for me. What I did was very simple.

I created a new folder (did not named it) and just dragged it over to
the trouble folder.

Now this part can be very tricky because a duplicate folder may
apprear. If this happens delete the old folder and keep the new one that
appears.

Then create a new folder (no need to name it) and drag it over to the
"New" Trouble Folder.

Then you'll notice that it will accept the un-named drop in folder and
Whalla.....Now You Can Delete The Folder And No More Nightmares..!!!!


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rextherunt

#20
well i found it worked for me this way ...

I right clicked on the desktop - selected personalization - then
selected desktop icon settings

ticked all the desktop items, clicked apply and then it dissapeared.

then i reverted back to just the recycle bin, just how i had it - done


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