Folder Will Not Delete

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  1. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 x64
       #1

    Folder Will Not Delete


    I have a folder on my Desktop that refuses to delete. It happened after moving some of its contents to another location.Msg states its ‘No longer in D:\Desktop (which is where my Desktop resides).Although folder properties show that’s exactly where it is.Tried ‘taking ownership’ of folder and making sure it’s not set to Read-only but didn’t help.Any help appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 132
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    When things like this happen to me I go to C:\Users\Account Name\AppData\Local, delete the IconCache.db file, and reboot. Usually clears it up.
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  3. Posts : 3,956
    Windows 10 preview 64-bit Home
       #3
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  4. Posts : 4,556
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    Maybe NTFS filesystem is damaged execute Chkdsk C: /f from Command Prompt.
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  5. Posts : 3,687
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #5

    Go to C:\Users\[UserName] if you have a Desktop folder there, delete the file from that folder
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  6. Posts : 35,618
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Emco Unlockit (free) - can delete folders and files on restart if necessary.

    Note- if you boot from a live boot disk or to a command prompt outside Windows (Windows not running) - you can delete anything.
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  7. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks for all the great feedback guys, but alas none of this has enabled me to delete or even move the folder lol.
    The only suggestion not yet tried is booting from a 'live disk'. Can someone plz outline how to do this?
    Any further ideas most welcome.
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  8. Posts : 35,618
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Google live boot disk and you will find some results. Examples
    Hiren's BootCD PE
    Toolkit Item: Kyhi’s Rescue Disk – Win10.Guru

    Aslo if you boot to a command prompt outside Windows (e.g. via SHIFT + left click Restart and work thru the prompts - tutorial available) then again, as wiht a live boot disk, you are not constrained by permissions etc.

    Did you try Emco unlockit?
    Folder Will Not Delete-untitled.png

    - then you browse to your folder, select it, option to delete on restart. Again, no permissions apply.
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  9. Posts : 35
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hi and many thanks for fast reply. Yes I tried Emco. Also a couple of other apps as suggested. Although far from being competent, I'll try the command prompt method...

    dalchina said:
    Google live boot disk and you will find some results. Examples
    Hiren's BootCD PE
    Toolkit Item: Kyhi’s Rescue Disk – Win10.Guru

    Aslo if you boot to a command prompt outside Windows (e.g. via SHIFT + left click Restart and work thru the prompts - tutorial available) then again, as wiht a live boot disk, you are not constrained by permissions etc.

    Did you try Emco unlockit?
    Folder Will Not Delete-untitled.png

    - then you browse to your folder, select it, option to delete on restart. Again, no permissions apply.
      My Computer


  10. Posts : 35,618
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    Odd that Emco U. didn't work- I even used it for Windows.old when it was still left after more than 10 days.
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