Desktop hang when deleting

Dell / Inspiron 531
October 14, 2010 at 14:35:40
Specs: Windows Vista
When I delete something from the desktop I get a hang with the window telling me how long I have left, 0 secs, but it will not come off the screen.

I discovered a fix but found I need to install SP1 first, which I thought I had ages ago. It is not in my update queue so I DL it from Microsoft. When I attempt to install it, it tells me it is already running. When I right click My Computer I do not see it under windows edition. Also when I delete or even edit a document on my desktop or My Docs, it will freeze the small pane underneath the file with the name. This also means that whilst I can shut my computer down and move around the hard drives without issue, all the icons on my desktop become unusable. At times the mouse arrow becomes the timer but this flickers and does not change itself back to normal.

What can I do to resolve this?

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October 17, 2010 at 02:09:43
I had exactly the same problem. I figured it must have something to do with my registry file so I purchase software for Registry cleaner called pchealthadvisor, repaired registry problems and was able to delete the old user folder without any problems.

Right click on the folder and then select "Cut." THEN you can right click on the desktop background and hit refresh. I had my icon Cut and I noticed the icon image faded away, then I read people's replies on here and clicked refresh. Worked like a charm.

( I have a file on my desktop that is 0
bytes and will not delete. Keep getting "could not find this item". So I
tried the command prompt solution provided above. I ran it as an
administrator, viewed the contents of the directory (and it was there),
but when I tried to delete it - "Could Not Find C:..."
The file I'm trying to delete is a download gone bad - it has no
extension and the name is pretty long. Does that make a difference in
"how" I should delete it?

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October 25, 2010 at 14:39:59
Thanks for the reply.

I am a bit cautious to DL a registry fixer, as I could easily repair or 'fix' something that I should not. I currently use CCleaner but that hasn't picked up any real issues for me.

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October 25, 2010 at 18:05:32
actually Rkane3000, you are on the right track...don't spend money on those paid registry fixers. You would be spending money for nothing. All they do is give you a bunch of false positives and won't fix them unless you purchase their product. That's where the scam comes in.

If you don't have a recovery CD you can make one for free at this site:
After you make the recovery disc pop it in your drive and restart your PC. Start tapping f8 and select 'repair my computer'
There you will find different options to repair your PC.
Good Luck

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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November 1, 2010 at 15:40:20
XpUser4Real, thanks for the suggestion.

I tried it but it didn't really offer anything that would solve the problem. I tried the Memory Diagnostic Tool (again) but that found nothing and I have already previously restored to an earlier date.

This evening I tried to install the Windows Update Agent Installer but even that encountered a 'fatal' error, so I have got precisely nowhere with this.

It's really really strange how I can't find a solution to this at all.

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