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Can't delete empty folder on my desktop.

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    Can't delete empty folder on my desktop.


    Yesterday I was making a bunch of videos for Youtube and my editor throws each video into a diferent folder, after that I just move all the videos into the same folder and delete the empty folder, but, for some reason, there was this one folder that would not delete, and still doesn't, it says something along the lines of:
    "It was not possible to find this item. The item is no longer present in C:\user\desktop. Verify the item's location."
    And just doesn't allow me to delete it, I can put things inside of it, but I can't move it to any other folder, some people suggested me to cut it and refresh, or cut and paste on another folder, but no luck, I can also delete new folders just fine.
    Obviously it's not a big problem, at least I don't think, but it's still there and I can't do anything about it.
    Thanks.

    I rebooted, ran CCleaner and ran it's registry fixer, no luck.

    UPDATE: Someone suggested Unlocker, I ran it and it couldn't delete, said it'd try when I rebooted, I rebooted and the folder is still there.

    UPDATE 2: It looks like the folder's name has an extra space at the end, that might have been me adding it by mistake in my video editor, don't know if it has any relevance to the case.

    UPDATE 3: Tried: "RD /S /Q "C:\Users\wortenAsus\Desktop\Saints Row IV - E28 - ", in cmd, didn't work, said it couldn't find the file, I tried without the extra space at the end, no luck.

    UPDATE 4: I was just have to move the folder using Unlocker, but still can't delete it
    Last edited by paulo27; 11 Sep 2013 at 12:33.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Paulo,

    You might see if you may be able to rename the folder, then see if you are able to delete it.

    If not, then open regedit, click on File (menu bar) and Export. Navigate to your desktop, and see if you may be able to delete the folder from within this "Export Registry File" dialog, then just close the dialog and regedit.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Paulo,

    You might see if you may be able to rename the folder, then see if you are able to delete it.

    If not, then open regedit, click on File (menu bar) and Export. Navigate to your desktop, and see if you may be able to delete the folder from within this "Export Registry File" dialog, then just close the dialog and regedit.

    Hope this helps.
    I can't rename it, it says exactly the same thing as when I try to delete it.

    And you mean I should delete the file when it asks me to pick a file to export? If so, that doesn't work, same message appears.

    EDIT: Also tried: "RD /S /Q "C:\Users\wortenAsus\Desktop\Saints Row IV - E28 - ", in cmd, didn't work, said it couldn't find the file, I tried without the extra space at the end, no luck.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hmm, ok. Sometimes that workaround in a dialog works, and sometimes it doesn't.

    Have you already tried the free program FileAssassin on it to see if it may be able to help delete it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hmm, ok. Sometimes that workaround in a dialog works, and sometimes it doesn't.

    Have you already tried the free program FileAssassin on it to see if it may be able to help delete it?
    Does that work on folders? I tried it anyways, didn't work, I also tried Unlocker, nothing.

    I just ran W8 in safety mode and did the same line I did before with and without the space at the end, (RD /S /Q "C:\Users\wortenAsus\Desktop\Saints Row IV - E28 - ") nothing.
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    Posts : 22,582
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    Stubborn folder.

    You might check your editor's settings to see if it may still have that folder referenced in any of it's settings. If so, change or remove it in the settings, and try again.
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    Had one that sounds like yours, and it went away after a few days. I have them that do that now and then and an F5 usually take care of it but this one stuck around for awhile, guess it liked me. Never figured out what was going on. After all this is windows we are talking about :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Stubborn folder.

    You might check your editor's settings to see if it may still have that folder referenced in any of it's settings. If so, change or remove it in the settings, and try again.
    I just tried to move the file with the same name as the folder into the folder, the file dissapeared, the folder duplicated and one of them I can delete, the other one says the same error when I try to delete it. And now when I try to open this folder an error shows up saying:
    "-Folder dictory- refers to a place that's not available. I can be in this computer's HD or in a network. Make sure your HD is correctly placed or that you're connected to the internet or to the network and try again."

    I'm on a laptop.

    Also I just notice that when I go to properties > security it doesn't display anything and says that the data can't be displayed or is not available.

    And I don't think it's still refered anywhere in my editor, otherwise it'd have refered other files too, because I rendered like 10 videos in a row, should I just uninstall my editor to see if that's the problem?

    EDIT: I was just have to move the folder using Unlocker, but still can't delete it.
    Last edited by paulo27; 11 Sep 2013 at 12:33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exscentric View Post
    Had one that sounds like yours, and it went away after a few days. I have them that do that now and then and an F5 usually take care of it but this one stuck around for awhile, guess it liked me. Never figured out what was going on. After all this is windows we are talking about :-)
    I guess if I don't fix it after today I'll just it in a corner and wait it out, already spent quite a bit of type with this little *******.
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    What is the name of this little bugger? If it is a dynamic link to any protected files, it may not be deletable.

    I was probably the one who suggested Unlocker, but File Assassin is just as effective. When you installed unlocker did you avoid installing the "Delta Toolbar" that comes with it? You have to select "Custom Install" while you are installing it and then uncheck the toolbar.

    Can you make a screenshot of the file as it appears on the desktop as well as what it inside of it? Let's have a look-see. Make sure you make "Hidden and System files visible" - You can do that in Folder View Options, in the Explorer toolbar under "View"
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