Help: Can't Delete FIles From Desktop

  1. Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro

    Help: Can't Delete FIles From Desktop

    Hey all,
    I'm looking for advice on how to fix this strange problem: I cannot delete a subgroup of files from my desktop.

    - If I create a new file (using Notepad) I can easily delete the file
    - I can move an offending file to another folder but am still unable to delete it
    - I changed the file properties ('read only') several times but am still unable to delete
    - I used Unlocker (1.9.2) but it reports no lock on the file in question. Even so, I *was* able to delete the file using Unlocker
    - Attempting the same on copies in Onedrive yields the same result
    - Latest Windows 10 with most recent updates installed
    - I followed a 'solution' offered by a msft rep on a forum. It involved sfc, some other steps and Powershell script but it did not work

    Any ideas what's caused this? Any ideas how to solve?

    Tia - MB
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,810
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, if this is a one-off situation, then simply resolve it by deleting the files without Windows running. Either
    a. Boot to a command prompt (if familiar enough with using that) e.g. via SHIFT + left click Restart and work through the screens
    b. Boot using a live boot disk to get a familiar GUI
    e.g.a live boot disk using Kyhi's iso, available from the top of the Software and Apps section here.
    You can use the instructions from Option 2 here as a guide:
    Redirect Notice
    but use Kyhi's iso.

    Other options: try FileAssassin (free); Emco MoveonBoot (free) - includes delete on boot
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  3. RingTailCoon's Avatar
    Posts : 1,388
    Windows 10 HOME 64-BIT

    Oh sometimes I get that too. Just a reboot and delete it after the reboot... But strange indeed...
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  4. MikeHawthorne's Avatar
    Posts : 220
    Windows 10

    Also if you use SuperAntiSpyware free, it has a utility to force delete files.
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,908
    Windows 11 Home Dev 22xxx

    Try to run this as admin in CMD
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /r /d y
    icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /r /d y
    icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
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