Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop

Posted: 08-07-2008, 08:38 PM

A file was saved to my Vista desktop. It is a small drawing file
(.dwg). About 102 KB in size. I can open it. However, I cannot delte
it, copy it, or cut it. If I try to delete it, window pops up and says
"RECYCLING 1 item". It churns and churns and churns. Nothing ever
happens.

I can rename it. Doesn't help with anyting.

Is there any hope for me?

mbolton40




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Mick Murphy
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RE: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Try deleting it in Safe Mode.
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"lmbolton40" wrote:
>
> A file was saved to my Vista desktop. It is a small drawing file
> (.dwg). About 102 KB in size. I can open it. However, I cannot delte
> it, copy it, or cut it. If I try to delete it, window pops up and says
> "RECYCLING 1 item". It churns and churns and churns. Nothing ever
> happens.
>
> I can rename it. Doesn't help with anyting.
>
> Is there any hope for me?
>
> mbolton40
>
>
>
>
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> lmbolton40
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oscar
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RE: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-08-2008, 05:18 PM
Did you try:

Right click file, Properties, Security tab, gain permisison to control or
delete file...
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"lmbolton40" wrote:
>
> A file was saved to my Vista desktop. It is a small drawing file
> (.dwg). About 102 KB in size. I can open it. However, I cannot delte
> it, copy it, or cut it. If I try to delete it, window pops up and says
> "RECYCLING 1 item". It churns and churns and churns. Nothing ever
> happens.
>
> I can rename it. Doesn't help with anyting.
>
> Is there any hope for me?
>
> mbolton40
>
>
>
>
> --
> lmbolton40
>
Mike
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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-09-2008, 09:44 PM
There are a couple of freeware programs that took care of "locked" file in
XP. Called "Unlocker" and "WhoLockMe." I haven't tried them in Vista. They
delete the file at next reboot. You might also check to see if there is any
process running that uses your dwg file. If so, try killing the process
before deleting.
"lmbolton40" <lmbolton40.2e11dec@vistabanter.com> wrote in message
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>
> A file was saved to my Vista desktop. It is a small drawing file
> (.dwg). About 102 KB in size. I can open it. However, I cannot delte
> it, copy it, or cut it. If I try to delete it, window pops up and says
> "RECYCLING 1 item". It churns and churns and churns. Nothing ever
> happens.
>
> I can rename it. Doesn't help with anyting.
>
> Is there any hope for me?
>
> mbolton40
>
>
>
>
> --
> lmbolton40
Ramesh MVP
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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-09-2008, 09:56 PM

Try to delete using *Command Prompt

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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-12-2008, 05:37 PM

Tried *Command Prompt*. No good. Just sat there and nothing happened.
Let it churn for a couple of hours. Nothing. Any other suggestions.
Please help. I have some coleagues in my office with same problem.


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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 08-26-2008, 12:24 AM

I've had problems deleting files on the Vista desktop more than onc
now, and I've found a few solutions. All of my problems were for vide
files, but perhaps the solution will be the same for you

One possible answer is that the Windows Search feature is indexing th
file, which prevents you from deleting it. Try disabling the featur
via the Services tab of msconfig (type that into the Run window).
Restart, and see if you can delete the file

Another possibility is that the Thumbnail generator built into Window
is accessing the file but can't render a thumbnail. Try disablin
thumbnails altogether: in any folder, click Organize, Folder and Searc
Options, the View tab, and check "always show icons, never thumbnails."
Restart (shouldn't need to, but just to be sure) and retry deleting

If still no luck, you might try programs like Unlock (just google it
that give you improved access to "in use" files. I haven't tried thi
one, but others had good luck with it

Now for a strange solution, one that saved me very recently: try t
delete the file, and wait for the "recycling" window to appear. Whil
it's up, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Task Manager. Disable th
task explorer.exe and wait a moment; your desktop will disappear.
Reinable explorer.exe (click File, New Task, and type explorer.exe) an
your desktop will reappear. Right-click the desktop and choose refres
(just to be sure). Now try to delete the file again. It worked for me

Good luck

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chik
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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 12-13-2008, 02:37 PM

Hello all. Disabling windows search, reboot, and deleting the stubborn
file worked for me. Thanks to Big123 and his advice.


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monsterman00
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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 04-05-2009, 05:25 PM

I had the same problem and this is what worked for me.

1. Create another User profile in Windows if there isn't already
another one.
2. Start Windows in Safe Mode.
3. Log in as the user that does not have the .dwg file on the desktop.
4. Go to My Computer -> c:\users\[username]\desktop\
5. Delete the .dwg file.


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Bob
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Re: Cannot delete a file saved to my desktop
Posted: 04-06-2009, 01:39 AM
To the OP.

Try this:
File Shredder
http://www.fileshredder.org/


monsterman00 wrote:
> I had the same problem and this is what worked for me.
>
> 1. Create another User profile in Windows if there isn't already
> another one.
> 2. Start Windows in Safe Mode.
> 3. Log in as the user that does not have the .dwg file on the desktop.
> 4. Go to My Computer -> c:\users\[username]\desktop\
> 5. Delete the .dwg file.
>
>
 
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