Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!

Posted: 08-14-2008, 09:14 PM
Ok, I have two blank icons that belonged to two files in my desktop. I
deleted these files days ago, but the blank icons with text still show on
the desktop. When I try to delete them I get the following message from
Windows Vista Ultimate...

Could not find this item

This is no longer located in the c:\[Directory Structure That Points to my
Desktop Here]. Verify the item's location and try again.

I then have a try again button and a cancel button.

I have tried creating two text files with the exact same filenames and
extensions and it doesn't ask me to overwrite, it just creates two new files
with the same names and extensions. I can delete these two new files but the
other original two remain.

Any idea's what happened and how I can get rid of these two things?

SpiderRIDER

Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!


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Brink
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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-15-2008, 03:42 AM

Hi SpiderRIDER,

Sometimes these are just ghost icons and can be removed by refreshing
the desktop (F5) or restarting the computer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

SpiderRIDER;804766 Wrote:
> Ok, I have two blank icons that belonged to two files in my desktop. I
> deleted these files days ago, but the blank icons with text still show
> on
> the desktop. When I try to delete them I get the following message from
> Windows Vista Ultimate...
>
> Could not find this item
>
> This is no longer located in the c:\[Directory Structure That Points to
> my
> Desktop Here]. Verify the item's location and try again.
>
> I then have a try again button and a cancel button.
>
> I have tried creating two text files with the exact same filenames and
> extensions and it doesn't ask me to overwrite, it just creates two new
> files
> with the same names and extensions. I can delete these two new files
> but the
> other original two remain.
>
> Any idea's what happened and how I can get rid of these two things?
>
> SpiderRIDER

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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-15-2008, 04:45 PM
Thank you for taking the time to make the suggestions.

I have tried refreshing and they are still there.
I have tried rebooting and they are still there and still can't be deleted.
I have also tried removing the program who's extension they belong to and
that still won't allow them to be deleted.

Thanks again,

SpiderRIDER

R. C. White
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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-17-2008, 01:55 AM
Hi, SpiderRIDER.

If you right-click on one of those icons and choose Properties, do you see
the path to the file in the Target box on the Shortcut tab? What do you see
if you click Change Icon on that Shortcut tab?

RC
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"SpiderRIDER" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:5646FF00-3DD9-4C28-ADE6-32CFCA221258@microsoft.com...
> Ok, I have two blank icons that belonged to two files in my desktop. I
> deleted these files days ago, but the blank icons with text still show on
> the desktop. When I try to delete them I get the following message from
> Windows Vista Ultimate...
>
> Could not find this item
>
> This is no longer located in the c:\[Directory Structure That Points to my
> Desktop Here]. Verify the item's location and try again.
>
> I then have a try again button and a cancel button.
>
> I have tried creating two text files with the exact same filenames and
> extensions and it doesn't ask me to overwrite, it just creates two new
> files with the same names and extensions. I can delete these two new files
> but the other original two remain.
>
> Any idea's what happened and how I can get rid of these two things?
>
> SpiderRIDER
SpiderRIDER
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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-17-2008, 03:04 AM

It points to the desktop c:\users\{my name}\Desktop

There is no properties tab. The size and size on disk is 0 bytes.

I do have security, details and previous versions tabs. Ready only isn't
checked and neither is hidden.

Robert

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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-19-2008, 03:59 PM
Hi, Robert.

I waited a couple of days, hoping some guru would jump in, but... :>(

If you open that folder, c:\users\{my name}\Desktop, do you see those icon
files? Can you delete them there? If not, what error message do you see?

Can you delete them in an Administrator:Command Prompt window? Right-click
on Cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator; you'll have to furnish
Administrator credentials but from there on, any command or program launched
from this window will "run elevated" with Administrator privileges. I hope
you are familiar with the old MS-DOS commands because they work almost the
same way here as they always did. If not, let me know and I'll try to
explain further.

In this window, cd c:\users\{my name}\Desktop and enter Dir. Do you see
those icons listed? What exactly does Dir say about them? Can you delete
them by simply using the Del command? If not, what error message do you
see? Try Attrib *.* and see if they have any Attributes that we haven't
thought about.

And the question that probably should have been asked at the beginning of
this thread: What kind of icons? Are these for program files, data files,
drives or USB devices? Or something else?

I've Googled for "delete icons from desktop" and get 155 hits; adding +vista
narrows it down to 34; I've looked at a few but none seem to really relate
to your problem.

RC
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rc@grandecom.net
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"SpiderRIDER" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> It points to the desktop c:\users\{my name}\Desktop
>
> There is no properties tab. The size and size on disk is 0 bytes.
>
> I do have security, details and previous versions tabs. Ready only isn't
> checked and neither is hidden.
>
> Robert
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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-19-2008, 07:00 PM
Yes, I see the two files listed every which way I look for them. Windows
Explorer, command prompt, etc.
They always have a size of 0.
I can't delete them from Windows Explorer
I can't delete them from the command prompt with admin privileges on.
They are data files

I am simply told that the file could not be found. I have tried creating new
files with the exact same name and new files are created but they do not
overwrite the existing ones. I am beginning to think that A) Vista is every
bit as horrible and OS as I thought it was from day one. B) I am going to
have to format and reinstall to get rid of two 0 bytes files that I deleted
weeks ago but can't seem to get rid of.


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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-19-2008, 07:12 PM
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:00:48 -0700, "SpiderRIDER" <nospam@nospam.com>
wrote:
>B) I am going to have to format and reinstall to get rid of two 0 bytes
>files that I deleted weeks ago but can't seem to get rid of.
Which clearly indicates that you are a moron and that any attempt to
help you should only be undertaken by a psychologist.

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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-19-2008, 10:00 PM
Hi, Robert.

Have you run CHKDSK on that drive? Couldn't hurt, could it? At least once
before you format and re-install.

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode and trying to delete them from there?

Too bad we've progressed so far from the simple FAT days when we could have
used DiskEdit from the REAL Norton Utilities to zap the bits in the FAT and
in the directory!

And I'm surprised and disappointed that nobody has come up with an idea yet.
;>(

Good luck! And let us know, either way.

RC
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"SpiderRIDER" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Yes, I see the two files listed every which way I look for them. Windows
> Explorer, command prompt, etc.
> They always have a size of 0.
> I can't delete them from Windows Explorer
> I can't delete them from the command prompt with admin privileges on.
> They are data files
>
> I am simply told that the file could not be found. I have tried creating
> new files with the exact same name and new files are created but they do
> not overwrite the existing ones. I am beginning to think that A) Vista is
> every bit as horrible and OS as I thought it was from day one. B) I am
> going to have to format and reinstall to get rid of two 0 bytes files that
> I deleted weeks ago but can't seem to get rid of.
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Re: Can't Delete Two Icons From Desktop, Any Suggestions!
Posted: 08-20-2008, 02:01 AM
No problems according to CHKDSK. Even after running still can't delete.
No go with safe mode. Still won't delete.

 
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