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Strange files that I can't delete taking up space

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Strange files that I can't delete taking up space


    A few days ago, I noticed some strange files appearing on my desktop. They have no extension and thus can't be opened with any application, and selecting and attempting to delete them gives me one of those "Could not delete, file is no longer there" messages. Refreshing my desktop and restarting the whole computer hasn't changed anything. Any advice on how to get rid of these? I've included a picture of the files.
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  2. #2


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I'd try adding the letters tmp after the period to one of the files shown in your image and see if it can then be deleted. Not having an extension keeps Windows from knowing how to deal with it. By default known files extensions are hidden so I always set my computers to show them.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I tried, but pressing enter after adding the extension gives me the same "File can no longer be found" problem. Windows seems to think these files don't exist, despite the fact that they're clearly on the desktop.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 356
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Hi,
    Try this...

    Windows key + X
    Command prompt (Admin)
    c:
    cd \
    cd users\<your username here>\Desktop
    del /Q /S R <file name here>
    Last edited by Addictive Gamer; 04 May 2015 at 22:48.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Addictive Gamer View Post
    Hi, Try this... Windows key + X Command prompt (Admin) c: c \ cd users\\Desktop del /Q /S R
    It's not letting me do anything past opening the command prompt. Typing c: or c\ just shows the same directory again (C:\windows\system32).
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  6. #6


    Try it this way:

    Windows key + X
    Command prompt (Admin)

    Press Enter after each of the following.

    cd %userprofile%\Desktop

    You should now be sitting at C:\Users\<your username>\Desktop
    dir <file name here>

    If it shows then:
    del /Q /S <file name here>

    If it doesn't shown then it's not really there.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    It didn't find anything, so I guess the files don't exist any more. Still wish there was a way to get the desktop to recognize that.
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  8. #8


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    It seems that your Hard Drive is corrupted. You can try:
    1. Win+X ->Command Prompt (Admin)
    2. run: chkdsk C: /r
    3. System will reboot and run chkdsk. Will take a while to complete and sometimes appears to be stalled. Let it run to finish.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 356
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    The cd %userprofile%\Desktop this will probably place / put you on Administrator's Desktop, not on your desktop.

    You can repeat steps above, but please note that there is a space between CD and \ You need to type it with space in between CD \


    Part 2:

    On following 2 commands the "<" and ">" must be omitted and replaced by your input

    On below command there must be no space
    cd users\<your username here>\Desktop

    On below command there must be space.
    del /Q /S R <file name here>

    HINT: You need to type commands line by line and hit enter after each one.
    Last edited by Addictive Gamer; 04 May 2015 at 22:49.
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  10. #10


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Just a long shot here; once I had a file on the desktop of acct R, and I had a shortcut on the desktop of acct S, which was pointing to the file that only existed on acct R's desktop. Could this be what's happening?
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