Can't delete file on Desktop


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can't delete file on Desktop


    There is a rar file on my desktop which I can not delete. It was from a wallpaper pack I was downloading from MEGA but I had cancelled it before it finished. Now it is on my desktop and no matter what I do it won't be deleted. I am not able to press delete as it says it needs Administrator permissions even though I am the only user. I even enabled Administrator account and it still said that I didn't have permission to read the file or delete it. I tried using CMD del /f also but it didnt work. I ran CCleaner Registry cleaner and AVG PC Tuneup registry cleaner but none of them helped. What do I do to get rid of this?

    -Edit 1: I forgot to mention if I do Shift delete I am able to get rid of the icon but when I refresh it comes back
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  2. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
    Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
       #2

    You've probably tried using File Explorer and "Permanently delete" as opposed to sending it to the Recycle Bin?
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  4. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,822
    Windows 10
       #4

    Possibly your browser has it 'locked' to resume download?
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ok It deleted itself when I restarted the PC. I dont think anything was locking it though as I tried the unlocker and it said nothing was using it.
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  6. Josey Wales's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 22000.194
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    TechGuy said:
    Ok It deleted itself when I restarted the PC. I dont think anything was locking it though as I tried the unlocker and it said nothing was using it.
    Everytime I use it, says the same thing but then it is gone??
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  7. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #7

    This worked for me


    Try opening cmd as administrator
    typing "cd C:\Users\example\desktop"
    then "rename example.file delete.file"
    and finally deleting the file regularly
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  8. Posts : 51
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #8

    Solved My Problem - Finally!


    Josey Wales said:
    Thank you - that worked!
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