Windows 10: folder on desktop cannot be deleted Solved

  1.    07 Nov 2017 #1

    folder on desktop cannot be deleted

    On my desktop there is a folder, I want to delete. I am able to rename that folder (for instance Away), but I am not able to delete it since the folder contains another folder, named shellext.
    Everything I try to do (administrator account) with the shellext folder results into a message:
    Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\name PC\Desktop\\Away
    Any idea what is the issue and how to delete?

    Thanks in advance
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  2. Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Home (April 2018 Update)
       07 Nov 2017 #2

    Try using LockHunter or similar software. The folder might be in use by a background process.
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  3.    08 Nov 2017 #3

    I burned a Linux iso on a DVD and booted from this DVD. Then, I could easily delete the folder.
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  4.    10 Nov 2017 #4

    Sure, that'll work. But it would have been easier to install LockHunter.
    With that, you right click on the folder and choose "What is locking this file?" ... and it tells you.
    If a program has the folder locked, just close or kill that program ... and you can then delete the folder.
    (No need to shutdown, boot Linux, delete folder, shutdown, reboot Windows.)
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