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Posted: January 18th, 2009, 8:42am Report to Moderator
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On my winvista desktop I have a folder, with no contents, and when I attempt to delete it I am advised: "Could not find this item. this is no longer located on (my desktop), verify the items location and try again."

How can I get rid of this annoyance?

Posted: January 22nd, 2009, 11:41am Report to Moderator
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   First, I would suggest finding the folder in Windows Explorer (right click on Start and select Explore from the popup menu) and trying to delete it there.
   If that does not work, let us know what happens.
   You may have to open Command Prompt and delete it there (this may take some further instruction from me to do).
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Posted: January 23rd, 2009, 7:19am Report to Moderator
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Deleting from the desktop folder in Windows Explorer results in the following message:

Item Not found

Could Not find this item

This is no longer located in C:\users\curt\desktop\
Verify the items location and try again


Date created 6/7/2008 1:56PM

Of course the item is still there on the desktop.  

I have run both regvac and A1Clickultra PC Cleaner (registered!) quite a few times and they don't work to delete this nuisance using the standard/novice settings.

Over and out...


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Posted: January 23rd, 2009, 10:33am Report to Moderator
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   RegVac cleans the registry.  That folder is on the harddrive not in the registry.
   A1Click deletes junk files as defined in the settings of A1Click.  That folder must not fall in the parameters of those settings.

   What is the name of the folder?
   Do you have Administrator privileges?
   Try right clicking on the folder and selecting Properties.  Look there to see what the attributes (Hidden, Read-only) are and if you can see anything obviously wrong on the other tabs, especially the Security tab.
   Is there anything in the folder?
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Posted: January 25th, 2009, 1:57am Report to Moderator
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The folder has a nonsense name I gave it some time ago, and It can be changed. Its name is now "Delete".

I am shown in the control panel/user accounts as the administrator -password protected. Of course, this being windows, that title may mean nothing, but I'm usually able to do what I want (except delete this folder). No one else uses this computer nor are there any other "old" users".

The properties of this folder -

it is 2.35 KB
contains two files and three folders
it is read only (cannot change this as the folder is regarded as not existing)
no checks in General/advanced
folder is not shared
I have full control/permissions all allowed, am the owner, nothing checked in effective permissions.

The folder contains a desktop.ini and another folder called thumbs.dn which is read only and has only general properties.

This folder contains
add printer
the HP laser printer I'm using.

If I delete the laser printer it is also lost from the printer settings in control panel. I cannot delete add printer. If I re-plugin my usb laser printer it reinstalls this printer in the Phantom folder as well as the standard printer folder under settings.

The properties of the laser printer are the usual and I have all permissions.

Hope that provides enough info to get rid of this annoyance. And thanks for your help.

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Posted: January 25th, 2009, 6:53am Report to Moderator
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Try this.
Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all
open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go
to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe.
Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt
window and change to the directory the AVI (or other
undeletable folder) is located in. At the command prompt
type DEL <foldername> where <foldername> is the folder you wish
to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task
and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close
Task Manager.
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Posted: February 1st, 2009, 2:29pm Report to Moderator
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If you know the path for the folder, this will almost always delete it.

Open up a Command Prompt and input:
rd "folder path" /s /q
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