Windows 10 will not 'delete' several files in thr "Download " Folder.


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    Windows 10 will not 'delete' several files in thr "Download " Folder.


    Size "0". They are .MP4 videos. Have tried "Windows Explorer" as ADMIN but nothing.

    version: 20H2 (Build 19042.928)
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    Hello @jagman,

    jagman said:
    Size "0". They are .MP4 videos. Have tried "Windows Explorer" as ADMIN but nothing.

    Type this command into the CMD Prompt and press <Enter>, change the <UserName> AND <FileName> to what they actually are . . .

    del /f /q "C:\Users\<UserName>\Downloads\<FileName>.mp4"

    If you have Relocated the Users Folder, then obviously change the Path accordingly.

    I hope this helps.
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    Another workaround is to use Winrar. Add to archive, and select to delete files after this

    Check this old thread..
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    AndreTen said:
    Another workaround is to use Winrar. Add to archive, and select to delete files after this

    Check this old thread..
    Thanks, no success but still trying. I get a "no file found' but suspect it is not the "0" size but the 'LONG NAME' problem as it is BIG and Windows has a hard time dealing with "illegal length" names.
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  5. AddRAM's Avatar
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    You could try running a live Linux version to see if you can delete the files.
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  6. bobkn's Avatar
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    jagman said:
    Thanks, no success but still trying. I get a "no file found' but suspect it is not the "0" size but the 'LONG NAME' problem as it is BIG and Windows has a hard time dealing with "illegal length" names.
    This is probably a moronic suggestion, but...

    Can you rename the files?
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  7. Try3's Avatar
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    Move everything you want out of the Downloads folder [i.e. everything but the rogue files] then use this procedure
    my ditty about using RoboCopy to clear out a rogue file - TenForums

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