1. Joined : Oct 2016
    Out On The Water
    Posts : 87
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       31 Oct 2016 #1

    Unable to remove file icon, on desktop.


    **CAUTION THIS PERSON IS NOT THE BEST AT SPELLING OR GRAMMAR**
    Okay so I have a file on my desktop and can not remove it.
    I have already tried the general ways to remove it.. like dragging it
    to the recycle bin and right clicking the file and selecting delete.
    I have also refreshed my desktop icon cache and some other minor stuff.
    Still this stubborn icon shows it's ugly face on my desktop.
    Please help; as I'm MEGA OCD about my desktop and the icons placed on it.
    I have been this way since windows 98!
    The screenshots below, will explain more.
    Attachment 108298Attachment 108299

    Thanks In Advance for any help!
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,235
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       31 Oct 2016 #2

    Hi, you know its location, so I'd suggest booting to a command prompt and trying to delete it from there. Caution as the drive letter will change.

    Or, if you prefer a more familiar environment, get Kyhi's bootable disk (DVD or maybe flash drive) from the top of the Software and Apps section here, boot from it and try deleting it that way.

    Or, you could try using a program like FileAssassin.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2016
    Out On The Water
    Posts : 87
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       31 Oct 2016 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, you know its location, so I'd suggest booting to a command prompt and trying to delete it from there. Caution as the drive letter will change. Or, if you prefer a more familiar environment, get Kyhi's bootable disk (DVD or maybe flash drive) from the top of the Software and Apps section here, boot from it and try deleting it that way. Or, you could try using a program like FileAssassin.


    I'll check into these, I would love if you elaborate on:
    "Caution as the drive letter will change." I have used Command Prompt before a ton of times;
    as for internally deleting it, in the manner you specified above; I want to be sure I'm
    not harming my system. Because it's got all my Logbook's on it, that are needed to track my work
    hours in the wheelhouse. Don't want to loose them :-(


    Thanks for your advice @dalchina
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,235
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       31 Oct 2016 #4

    Viewed from the command prompt outside Windows, your present C: may not be C:. For example, mine's usually G:

    I'm not sure without trying it- there is a way to get the system drive listed. Possibly
    wmic os get systemdrive

    Otherwise just change drive letters and check using DIR
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  5. Joined : Oct 2016
    Out On The Water
    Posts : 87
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       31 Oct 2016 #5

    Update I tried using *Assassin* this morning and
    this is the result.

    Attachment 108374
    I will have no choice but to try the hard remove
    method as the softer one don't work. See what I think
    took place is the file is actually gone but the icon for it is
    just not wanting to go away.
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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,235
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       31 Oct 2016 #6

    Hi, if there's not really a file there, see
    https://www.mydigitallife.info/fix-b...ns-on-desktop/

    I think there have been some threads on this in the forum too.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 250
    Windows 10 Professional
       31 Oct 2016 #7

    Try this also, I have this installed on my computer because it is a very useful program.

    1) Download LockHunter
    2) After installation, right click on the file -> press What is locking this file?
    3) (Maybe there's some process that's not letting go of it) If possible, press the Unlock It! button, then press the Delete It! button.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2016
    Out On The Water
    Posts : 87
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       01 Nov 2016 #8

    pepanee said: View Post
    Try this also, I have this installed on my computer because it is a very useful program.

    1) Download LockHunter
    2) After installation, right click on the file -> press What is locking this file?
    3) (Maybe there's some process that's not letting go of it) If possible, press the Unlock It! button, then press the Delete It! button.
    I'll try this evening.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2016
    Out On The Water
    Posts : 87
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       3 Weeks Ago #9

    Thanks for you help everyone!!
    I'm normally very good at computers,
    so it's new asking for help.
    Anyway... nothing worked other then the COMMAND PROMPT.
    Ya just have to do it.. there is really no other way.. I mean in seconds this
    file was gone like that! Thanks again for taking the time to assist me.
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