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Error Message -Item Not Found-

N

nicjp

#1
When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the item
is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it is no
in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just won't
delete or move to the recycle bin.
 

My Computer

R

R. C. White

#2
Hi, nicjp.

If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where it
resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.

Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us do much
with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges. Some
files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess with
them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other users'
files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise convince
Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.

I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the process if
you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
accomplish.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@xxxxxx
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)

"nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx

> When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the
> item
> is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it is
> no
> in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just
> won't
> delete or move to the recycle bin.
 

My Computer

N

nicjp

#3
R. C. White,
I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to delete
it, I get the following message:

The main title in message window is: Item not found
First line: Could not find this item
Main Body: This is no longer located in
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
location and try again.
Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or Cancel

I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but for
some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders from
the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming up.
Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.

--nicjp



"R. C. White" wrote:

> Hi, nicjp.
>
> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where it
> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
>
> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us do much
> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges. Some
> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess with
> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other users'
> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise convince
> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
>
> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the process if
> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
> accomplish.
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
>
> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx

> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the
> > item
> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it is
> > no
> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just
> > won't
> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
>
 

My Computer

R

R. C. White

#4
Hi, nicjp.

Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it looks
like it's just you and me, kid. :^{

Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt and
choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"

That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you should
see:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>

Enter:
dir /x /a

This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name) showing
the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file and
folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to be
no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and folder
had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after LFNs
were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.

In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not sure
of the LFN.

So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
del monopo~1

If it is a folder, then:
rd monopo~1 /s

This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to confirm
that you really want to do this.

If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does
"Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.

And please post back if it works, too. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@xxxxxx
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)

"nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx

> R. C. White,
> I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
> delete
> it, I get the following message:
>
> The main title in message window is: Item not found
> First line: Could not find this item
> Main Body: This is no longer located in
> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
> location and try again.
> Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
> Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
> Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or Cancel
>
> I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but for
> some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders from
> the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming
> up.
> Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
>
> --nicjp
>
>
>
> "R. C. White" wrote:
>

>> Hi, nicjp.
>>
>> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where it
>> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
>>
>> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us do
>> much
>> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
>> Some
>> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess
>> with
>> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
>> users'
>> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
>> convince
>> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
>>
>> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the process
>> if
>> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
>> accomplish.
>>
>> RC
>>
>> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx

>> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the
>> > item
>> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it
>> > is
>> > no
>> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just
>> > won't
>> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
 

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K

K. Rees

#5
Thanks. I had a similar problem (unable to delete a directory that i could
see accompanied by the message "Could not find item" even though i could see
it clearly in Windows Explorer directory tree.

I followed your advice about opening a command prompt windo in adminstrator
mode and it worked!!! Thanks a lot.

K. Rees

"R. C. White" wrote:

> Hi, nicjp.
>
> Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it looks
> like it's just you and me, kid. :^{
>
> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt and
> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>
> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you should
> see:
> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>
> Enter:
> dir /x /a
>
> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name) showing
> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file and
> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to be
> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and folder
> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after LFNs
> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.
>
> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not sure
> of the LFN.
>
> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
> del monopo~1
>
> If it is a folder, then:
> rd monopo~1 /s
>
> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to confirm
> that you really want to do this.
>
> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does
> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>
> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
>
> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx

> > R. C. White,
> > I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
> > delete
> > it, I get the following message:
> >
> > The main title in message window is: Item not found
> > First line: Could not find this item
> > Main Body: This is no longer located in
> > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
> > location and try again.
> > Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
> > Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
> > Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or Cancel
> >
> > I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but for
> > some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders from
> > the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming
> > up.
> > Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
> >
> > --nicjp
> >
> >
> >
> > "R. C. White" wrote:
> >

> >> Hi, nicjp.
> >>
> >> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where it
> >> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
> >>
> >> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us do
> >> much
> >> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
> >> Some
> >> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess
> >> with
> >> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
> >> users'
> >> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
> >> convince
> >> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
> >>
> >> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the process
> >> if
> >> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
> >> accomplish.
> >>
> >> RC
> >>
> >> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx
> >> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the
> >> > item
> >> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it
> >> > is
> >> > no
> >> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just
> >> > won't
> >> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
>
 

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R

R. C. White

#6
Hi, K.

You're welcome. ;<)

And thanks for the feedback.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@xxxxxx
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

"K. Rees" <K. Rees@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:CED6A542-AB4D-402A-AE6B-34D6F4FA6B16@xxxxxx

> Thanks. I had a similar problem (unable to delete a directory that i
> could
> see accompanied by the message "Could not find item" even though i could
> see
> it clearly in Windows Explorer directory tree.
>
> I followed your advice about opening a command prompt windo in
> adminstrator
> mode and it worked!!! Thanks a lot.
>
> K. Rees
>
> "R. C. White" wrote:
>

>> Hi, nicjp.
>>
>> Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it
>> looks
>> like it's just you and me, kid. :^{
>>
>> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt
>> and
>> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
>> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>>
>> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you
>> should
>> see:
>> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>>
>> Enter:
>> dir /x /a
>>
>> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
>> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
>> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
>> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
>> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
>> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name)
>> showing
>> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file
>> and
>> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to
>> be
>> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
>> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and
>> folder
>> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after
>> LFNs
>> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.
>>
>> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not
>> sure
>> of the LFN.
>>
>> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
>> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
>> del monopo~1
>>
>> If it is a folder, then:
>> rd monopo~1 /s
>>
>> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
>> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to
>> confirm
>> that you really want to do this.
>>
>> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
>> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither
>> does
>> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>>
>> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>>
>> RC
>>
>> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx

>> > R. C. White,
>> > I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
>> > delete
>> > it, I get the following message:
>> >
>> > The main title in message window is: Item not found
>> > First line: Could not find this item
>> > Main Body: This is no longer located in
>> > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
>> > location and try again.
>> > Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
>> > Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
>> > Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or
>> > Cancel
>> >
>> > I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but
>> > for
>> > some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders
>> > from
>> > the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming
>> > up.
>> > Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
>> >
>> > --nicjp
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "R. C. White" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi, nicjp.
>> >>
>> >> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where
>> >> it
>> >> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
>> >>
>> >> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us
>> >> do
>> >> much
>> >> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
>> >> Some
>> >> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess
>> >> with
>> >> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
>> >> users'
>> >> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
>> >> convince
>> >> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
>> >>
>> >> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the
>> >> process
>> >> if
>> >> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
>> >> accomplish.
>> >>
>> >> RC
>> >>
>> >> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> >> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx
>> >> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states
>> >> > the
>> >> > item
>> >> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because
>> >> > it
>> >> > is
>> >> > no
>> >> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it
>> >> > just
>> >> > won't
>> >> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
 

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D
#7
Hi,

I'm having the same problems :-( I have tried the suggestion below and heres
what I get..

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>rd bsalert /s
bsalert, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
The system cannot find the file specified.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>

any ideas?

"R. C. White" wrote:


> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>

>
> If it is a folder, then:
> rd monopo~1 /s
>
> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to confirm
> that you really want to do this.
>
> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does
> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>
> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>
 

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D
#8
RC,

Sorry you may have misunderstood me, I can not remove the Directory. I have
tried a emergency boot disk and still get the
The system cannot find the file specified.

any ideas?

Regards

Dogo
"R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:CB2FF9D0-EA35-4543-B667-CDF3CD41C181@xxxxxx

> Hi, K.
>
> You're welcome. And thanks for the feedback.
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
>
> "K. Rees" <K. Rees@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:CED6A542-AB4D-402A-AE6B-34D6F4FA6B16@xxxxxx

>> Thanks. I had a similar problem (unable to delete a directory that i
>> could
>> see accompanied by the message "Could not find item" even though i could
>> see
>> it clearly in Windows Explorer directory tree.
>>
>> I followed your advice about opening a command prompt windo in
>> adminstrator
>> mode and it worked!!! Thanks a lot.
>>
>> K. Rees
>>
>> "R. C. White" wrote:
>>

>>> Hi, nicjp.
>>>
>>> Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it
>>> looks
>>> like it's just you and me, kid. :^{
>>>
>>> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt
>>> and
>>> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
>>> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>>>
>>> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you
>>> should
>>> see:
>>> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>>>
>>> Enter:
>>> dir /x /a
>>>
>>> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were
>>> Directories,
>>> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
>>> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
>>> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
>>> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
>>> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name)
>>> showing
>>> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file
>>> and
>>> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename
>>> to be
>>> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
>>> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and
>>> folder
>>> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after
>>> LFNs
>>> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid
>>> SFN.
>>>
>>> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not
>>> sure
>>> of the LFN.
>>>
>>> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
>>> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
>>> del monopo~1
>>>
>>> If it is a folder, then:
>>> rd monopo~1 /s
>>>
>>> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
>>> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to
>>> confirm
>>> that you really want to do this.
>>>
>>> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
>>> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither
>>> does
>>> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>>>
>>> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>>>
>>> RC
>>>
>>> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx
>>> > R. C. White,
>>> > I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
>>> > delete
>>> > it, I get the following message:
>>> >
>>> > The main title in message window is: Item not found
>>> > First line: Could not find this item
>>> > Main Body: This is no longer located in
>>> > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
>>> > location and try again.
>>> > Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
>>> > Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
>>> > Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or
>>> > Cancel
>>> >
>>> > I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but
>>> > for
>>> > some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders
>>> > from
>>> > the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps
>>> > coming
>>> > up.
>>> > Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
>>> >
>>> > --nicjp
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > "R. C. White" wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> Hi, nicjp.
>>> >>
>>> >> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where
>>> >> it
>>> >> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
>>> >>
>>> >> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us
>>> >> do
>>> >> much
>>> >> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
>>> >> Some
>>> >> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us
>>> >> mess
>>> >> with
>>> >> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
>>> >> users'
>>> >> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
>>> >> convince
>>> >> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
>>> >>
>>> >> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the
>>> >> process
>>> >> if
>>> >> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
>>> >> accomplish.
>>> >>
>>> >> RC
>>> >>
>>> >> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> >> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx
>>> >> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states
>>> >> > the
>>> >> > item
>>> >> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file
>>> >> > because it
>>> >> > is
>>> >> > no
>>> >> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it
>>> >> > just
>>> >> > won't
>>> >> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
>
 

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X
#9
Hi, R. C. White

thank you for helping me getting rid of that annoying folder in the Start
Menu!!!

In my case it was a folder created by the manufacturer of the laptop
containing an unnistal shortcut and it was impossible to remove.


Xela




"R. C. White" wrote:

> Hi, nicjp.
>
> Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it looks
> like it's just you and me, kid. :^{
>
> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt and
> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>
> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you should
> see:
> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>
> Enter:
> dir /x /a
>
> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name) showing
> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file and
> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to be
> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and folder
> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after LFNs
> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.
>
> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not sure
> of the LFN.
>
> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
> del monopo~1
>
> If it is a folder, then:
> rd monopo~1 /s
>
> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to confirm
> that you really want to do this.
>
> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does
> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>
> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
>
> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx

> > R. C. White,
> > I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
> > delete
> > it, I get the following message:
> >
> > The main title in message window is: Item not found
> > First line: Could not find this item
> > Main Body: This is no longer located in
> > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
> > location and try again.
> > Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
> > Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
> > Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or Cancel
> >
> > I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but for
> > some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders from
> > the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming
> > up.
> > Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
> >
> > --nicjp
> >
> >
> >
> > "R. C. White" wrote:
> >

> >> Hi, nicjp.
> >>
> >> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where it
> >> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
> >>
> >> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us do
> >> much
> >> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
> >> Some
> >> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess
> >> with
> >> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
> >> users'
> >> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
> >> convince
> >> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
> >>
> >> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the process
> >> if
> >> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
> >> accomplish.
> >>
> >> RC
> >>
> >> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx
> >> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states the
> >> > item
> >> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because it
> >> > is
> >> > no
> >> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it just
> >> > won't
> >> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
>
 

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R. C. White

#10
Hi, Xela.

I'm glad it worked for you. And thanks for the feedback. ;<)

Since that folder was specific to your laptop model, I never would have
guessed the solution. I'm glad we could go back to the good old MS-DOS bag
of tricks. Sometimes we just need a bigger hammer. :^}

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@xxxxxx
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

"Xela" <Xela@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:BE8A12A5-DBC6-46BA-A980-7268888DB83D@xxxxxx

> Hi, R. C. White
>
> thank you for helping me getting rid of that annoying folder in the Start
> Menu!!!
>
> In my case it was a folder created by the manufacturer of the laptop
> containing an unnistal shortcut and it was impossible to remove.
>
>
> Xela
>
>
>
>
> "R. C. White" wrote:
>

>> Hi, nicjp.
>>
>> Thanks for those details. I was hoping someone would jump in, but it
>> looks
>> like it's just you and me, kid. :^{
>>
>> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt
>> and
>> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
>> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>>
>> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you
>> should
>> see:
>> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>>
>> Enter:
>> dir /x /a
>>
>> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
>> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
>> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
>> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
>> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
>> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name)
>> showing
>> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file
>> and
>> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to
>> be
>> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
>> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and
>> folder
>> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after
>> LFNs
>> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.
>>
>> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not
>> sure
>> of the LFN.
>>
>> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
>> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
>> del monopo~1
>>
>> If it is a folder, then:
>> rd monopo~1 /s
>>
>> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
>> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to
>> confirm
>> that you really want to do this.
>>
>> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
>> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither
>> does
>> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>>
>> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>>
>> RC
>> --
>> R. C. White, CPA
>> San Marcos, TX
>> rc@xxxxxx
>> Microsoft Windows MVP
>> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
>>
>> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:FA6DD0E0-8C63-4421-9574-6D12C6498711@xxxxxx

>> > R. C. White,
>> > I am just trying to delete a folder from my start menu. When I try to
>> > delete
>> > it, I get the following message:
>> >
>> > The main title in message window is: Item not found
>> > First line: Could not find this item
>> > Main Body: This is no longer located in
>> > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Verify the Items
>> > location and try again.
>> > Text after main body: Monopoly Here & Now
>> > Date Created: 10/18/2007 7:13AM
>> > Also in the window it gives me two options to click: Try again or
>> > Cancel
>> >
>> > I can see the folder and it is in this location, it is not hidden, but
>> > for
>> > some reason I keep getting this message. I have deleted/moved folders
>> > from
>> > the start menu before. I don't understand why this message keeps coming
>> > up.
>> > Thank you for replying and hopefully this reply is more informative.
>> >
>> > --nicjp
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "R. C. White" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi, nicjp.
>> >>
>> >> If you tell us the exact name of the file (and the pathname to where
>> >> it
>> >> resides), we may know what the problem is. Or not.
>> >>
>> >> Some files are hidden; some are system files that Vista won't let us
>> >> do
>> >> much
>> >> with unless we are THE Administrator, running with "God" privileges.
>> >> Some
>> >> files are so important to the system that Vista just won't let us mess
>> >> with
>> >> them. And Vista is very reluctant to let us do anything with other
>> >> users'
>> >> files, so you may need to take ownership of that file or otherwise
>> >> convince
>> >> Vista that you DO have permission to work with it.
>> >>
>> >> I could keep guessing for a long time, but it would shorten the
>> >> process
>> >> if
>> >> you tell us more explicitly which file and what you are trying to
>> >> accomplish.
>> >>
>> >> RC
>> >>
>> >> "nicjp" <nicjp@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> >> news:2B46E37E-4A93-408C-A020-5F72DA2FBE04@xxxxxx
>> >> > When trying to remove a file, I keep getting an error, that states
>> >> > the
>> >> > item
>> >> > is not found and that windows cannot delete or move the file because
>> >> > it
>> >> > is
>> >> > no
>> >> > in the specified location. I can see the folder, it is there, it
>> >> > just
>> >> > won't
>> >> > delete or move to the recycle bin.
>>
 

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F
#11
R. C. White,
Thank you for the help! I was having a similar problem a nicjp and the
command prompt walkthrough worked! I appreciate you taking your time to help
us out! :)
-Frae

"R. C. White" wrote:

> Open an Administrator:Command Prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt and
> choosing Run as Administrator. Enter:
> cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
>
> That should leave you at the Command Prompt and in that folder; you should
> see:
> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>
>
> Enter:
> dir /x /a
>
> This is the good ol' Dir command from back when folders were Directories,
> with two switches. (In a Command Prompt window, type the command name
> followed by /? to see mini-Help file showing the switches and parameters
> that can be used with that command: dir /?) The /a shows All files and
> folders, even those with Hidden or other attributes. And the /x switch
> inserts a column between the file size and the LFN (Long File Name) showing
> the SFN (Short File Name), also known as the 8.3 filename, for each file and
> folder. Long before LFNs were allowed, MS-DOS required every filename to be
> no more than 8 characters, plus an optional extension of no more than 3
> characters, and some characters were not allowed. But EVERY file and folder
> had to have a name that was "legal" by these requirements. Even after LFNs
> were invented, every filename still must be convertible into a valid SFN.
>
> In a Command Prompt window, we can use these SFNs, even when we are not sure
> of the LFN.
>
> So, find that Monopoly entry in the directory listing and note its SFN.
> Maybe it's "monopo~1". If it is a single file, then enter:
> del monopo~1
>
> If it is a folder, then:
> rd monopo~1 /s
>
> This rd (Remove Directory) command, with the /s switch, will remove the
> folder, plus all its files and subfolders, so you will be asked to confirm
> that you really want to do this.
>
> If that does not work, please post back with details of what you did and
> what results you saw. "I tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does
> "Didn't work". We need details, like those in your second post.
>
> And please post back if it works, too. ;<)
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@xxxxxx
> Microsoft Windows MVP
> (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
 

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