empty folder on desktop cant delete

December 25, 2005 at 10:10:25
Specs: Dell D2400, 256

Hello,
Just yesterday an empty folder appeared on my desktop. I'm not too sure where it came from but I did install windows update last week. The folder has no name. When I try to delete it I get the error message "Cannot delete folder: Cannot read from file source or disk"
I can't rename the folder, or move it anywhere else. Ive tried all the solutions from this thread but none have succeded. http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/144718.html

I even tried system restore, but the folder wont go away. Even if I can't delete the folder, removing it from my desktop would be fine for me. Any solutions?

Thanks, Mike


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#1
December 25, 2005 at 10:58:41

Look in the documents and setting folder for desktop and see if it can be deleted there. You may find 2 or 3 desktop folders.

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#2
December 25, 2005 at 15:23:30

Theres a total of four desktop folders but the one containing the empty folder still cannot be deleted. I get the same error message
"Cannot delete folder: Cannot read from file source or disk"

The folder isnt harming my computer or anything so if it isnt possible to just delete it, is there a way to get rid of the shortcut on my desktop?


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#3
December 25, 2005 at 15:35:44

If the folder has a name you can search for it in registry and delete it there. BACKUP BEFORE DELETING ANYTHING IN THE REGISTRY!!.

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#4
December 25, 2005 at 15:41:18

Thats the problem you see the folder has no name, and when I try to to rename it I get the same error message.

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#5
December 25, 2005 at 15:49:41

This was suggested in the other thread (link above)

Right-Clicked on the file icon and in menu selected "Open with....". Selected Notepad as program to use. The PC returned the following error......."This file does not exist......would you like to create a new one?". Click on "Yes" and it gives a blank Notepad screen, where you scribbled some text and then try to save the data......which is going to do it and now you have a working file with data in it which you delete.

The problem with this is when I right-click on the folder there is no option "open with" in the menu. I'm not all too familiar with this stuff any suggestions?


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#6
December 25, 2005 at 16:01:52

How about a system restore to a point before it showed up?

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#7
December 25, 2005 at 16:07:49

Ive tried 2 system restore points so far. The folder showed up maybe five days ago. I did one restore to last week. tht didnt work. The other one was to december 2, no luck there either. Should I just keep trying into november?

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#8
December 25, 2005 at 16:12:37

No, I doubt it will do any good.

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#9
December 25, 2005 at 16:18:45

yea this thing is pretty fustrating. Is there anyway I can hide the folder from showing its shortcut on the desktop? to me thats just as good as deleting it.

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#10
December 25, 2005 at 16:34:32

Last thing I can think short of searching the registry is to try to copy over that desktop folder in documents and settings with one of the other ones that doesn't have it. I doubt it will let you but you can try. Have to go. Good luck.

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#11
December 25, 2005 at 22:27:50

In the old days we used to have diskedit from Norton to get directly at the FAT entries to rename/delete/restore files or directories. Now with NTFS it's hard to find this kind of tool.

This tool gets directly at the NTFS file structure but it does not have a delete function (its purpose is recovery), it does however have a rename feature! Worth a try anyway(free):

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Choose Recover Deleted files, then double click the logical drive and then open the "root" and navigate to the Desktop folder. Rename only works in the right pane.

Might be hard to locate the entry, look for one without a name and rename it by right click.. rename.

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#12
December 26, 2005 at 06:17:34

The program didnt pick up on it. thanks anyway. This was also suggested, however when I right-click on the folder there is no "open with" option in the menu. any help there?

"Right-Clicked on the file icon and in menu selected "Open with....". Selected Notepad as program to use. The PC returned the following error......."This file does not exist......would you like to create a new one?". Click on "Yes" and it gives a blank Notepad screen, where you scribbled some text and then try to save the data......which is going to do it and now you have a working file with data in it which you delete."



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#13
December 26, 2005 at 08:47:29

Did you try to drag and drop into the trash? Also, rt click, does it show properties? and if so is there a target?

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#14
December 26, 2005 at 13:15:16

Yes when ever I try to delete it it gives me the same error message. There is also no target for the folder besides. C: docand settings/myname/desktop.

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#15
December 26, 2005 at 14:03:57

Go here and try 4th on on the left. If that doesn't work look through his fixes. I am sure there is a fix there somewhere. http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

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#16
December 26, 2005 at 14:26:02

Also look here.
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_thread/thread/289119cc5c9ae04/f8e79e8f0412775e%23f8e79e8f0412775e?sa=X&oi=groupsr&start=0&num=3

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#17
December 26, 2005 at 15:41:36

This seems to be the best bet

Close all open apps. Open a command prompt (Start/Run/CMD) and navigate to
the directory with the offending file(s). Then open the Task Manager and
click on the Processes tab, select "explorer.exe" under Image Name. Click
"End Process".


In the opened Command Prompt, DEL the offending files (DEL *.mpg, DEL
mus*.avi, DEL test.wmv, etc.) Once done, go back to the task manager and
click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task..." button. in the
dialog, type explorer.exe and click OK.

Although im a little confused on what to do in the command prompt. I drag the problem folders icon and drop it into the command prompts window, But where should I include the DEL?

This is the folders directory C:/Documents and Settings/Michael Keveny/Desktop


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#18
December 26, 2005 at 15:50:08

I just figured where to put the DEL. But in the end the folder is still there. I'll try restarting my computer

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#19
December 26, 2005 at 18:13:37

No luck. i'll just have to keep on trying. thanks for your help per.

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#20
January 6, 2006 at 20:25:06

I don't know if you are still looking at this, but if you are, do you have Palm Desktop Installed? I just had this problem and resolved it with a little help from Per above. I clicked and drug to recycle bin, it warned me that it was an item that could not be stored in the recycle bin, and after removing it anyway a Palm quick install notice popped up that told me how to restore the quick install icon to the desktop. Worth a shot anyway. The folder is gone for me. I suspect it is a multi user thing as the account the folder showed up on did not have quick install on the desktop.


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