Cannot remove a dead link from My PC

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  1. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
       #1

    Cannot remove a dead link from My PC


    I no longer have system folders, ever since Microsoft removed the "system" designation from their default folders. But there remained a dead Pictures folder link (also marked as a system folder) attached on the branch between "My PC" and "C:\Drive". When clicked, it tells me that the source folder does not exist. But, I am unable to remove it and tried the following:
    sfc /scannow reported everything is ok,
    used DISM restorehealth with no change,
    booted into safe mode and tried to delete it.
    Any recommendations on how to remove it?
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  2. Posts : 207
    Windows 10
       #2

    Hi,
    Try this:
    Right click the file or folder and go to properties.
    Go down to where it says Attributes
    And uncheck Read-only and Check Hidden - Click Apply
    A continue with admin privilege's pops up, - click on continue
    Then right click and click delete and see if it deletes the folder
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  3. Posts : 16,130
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #3

    Did you try deleting it from an elevated cmd prompt with the FULL path and the parameter /f [ the /f parameter means force ]?
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  4. Posts : 25,024
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    ineuw said:
    ...there remained a dead Pictures folder link ... on the branch between "My PC" and "C:\Drive"....

    Your description is confusing, can we see a screenshot please?

    There's no such thing as "My PC" on any of my systems, It was called 'My Computer' in XP, just 'Computer' in Win7, then 'This PC' in Win8/Win10.

    Cannot remove a dead link from My PC-pc.png
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  5. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Apologies it's "This PC" not my PC.

    Tried everything suggested above and the folder is not removable. Please see the attached pic
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Cannot remove a dead link from My PC-pc.jpg  
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  6. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #6

    So the actual folder should reside in C:\Users\YourUserName\Pictures
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  7. Posts : 207
    Windows 10
       #7

    This may help
    Youtube video - How to Delete Undeletable Files & Folders in Windows 10
    YouTube
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  8. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #8

    If the OP actually has files in the Pictures folder, but the Quick Access link is broken, it shouldn't be deleted.

    Right-click on the entry and select Properties.

    Click on the Location tab and either cut and paste the path, or click Restore Default.
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  9. Posts : 470
    Windows 10 Pro version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks for pointing out the video.

    There used to be a "Pictures" folder in \users\ineuw, but it's long gone. MS no longer tags it as system folder and they can be deleted. I have no idea how that folder remained there and showing as a system folder. Tried to find it in the registry but there are numerous references to "Pictures", so I didn't touch anything. If I click on restore default location, it creates a standard folder in the home folder.

    - - - Updated - - -

    MS created home folders were never used. I delete them on installation. It doesn't relate to my data storage scheme. Besides, I would never keep data on a boot partition, let alone have MS manage it.
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  10. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #10

    That's why you can't remove it...there is no existing folder location.

    Create an empty folder, and assign it to that path.

    Then, try to delete it.
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