Cannot delete desktop icon

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Cannot delete desktop icon


    It is telling me that this file is open in system. I know where it came from, it was an invoice . I deleted the file days ago and now left an icon cannot delete. Googled and prefer not to download software. Thank you. Chuck
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  2. thomaseg1's Avatar
    Posts : 13,268
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 19042.804 & 21327.1000
       #2

    Double-click on the icon and see what error comes up.

    Reboot your computer and try deleting it again.

    What program is this invoice associated with?

    Type of file ?
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  3. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,815
    Windows 10
       #3

    Open Task Manager, check if there may be an application running the file in the background.
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  4. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    The invoice was my monthly electric bill. Task manager shows nothing.
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  5. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,976
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #5

    Press the Windows key + R and run CMD

    Then run the following command and post the output.

    Dir /a "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop"

    Specify which is the file in question.
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  6. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 4,070
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #6

    Try deleting the icon in Safe Mode.
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Command prompt no file found
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,976
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #8

    Please post the output.
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  9. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Cannot delete desktop icon-c.png
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  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,976
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #10

    There is misunderstanding.

    Please run the following:

    Dir /a "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop"

    Please do NOT run the following:

    Dir /a "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop"Invoice-ID6...
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