can't delete a few folders

Asus G51jx-a1 notebook - core i7 i7-720q...
August 20, 2010 at 21:09:10
Specs: Windows 7, i7 7200m / 4gb

there are three folders on my desktop that obviously exist but will not delete due to the computer claiming that they no longer exist. the exact message is as follows "This is no longer located in (location). Verify the item's location and try again"

the folder is definitely on the desktop. I've tried deleting this via command but no luck. any advice? I really don't want to format my computer just to get rid of three measly folders :(


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August 20, 2010 at 22:27:57
This sometimes happens due to a lag.

Right click the desktop, and click refresh. That should solve your problem.

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August 21, 2010 at 08:22:07
I had a similar problem not so long ago, if hitting f5 doesn't get rid of them try this program.

its called eraser its good for multiple things, but i use it to get rid of stuff windows can't/wont.

be careful in the settings to just select the single file you want gone, this bad boy can clean whole drives in seconds :)

good luck

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August 22, 2010 at 11:42:03
You could always try a linux live cd such as puppy linux (run from cd or usb pen drive) and this will let you do what you want to graphically or via command line.
just a suggestion.


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August 22, 2010 at 19:52:31

thanks everyone for the suggestions.

neither refreshing the desktop nor the eraser program worked though I'm afraid :( in th eraser program it "completed with error" and the error was attempted to access a path that is not on the disk. and cheezy I don't even know what yo're talking about.

any other tips?

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August 23, 2010 at 16:54:22
a linux live cd is a cd containing a fully bootable operating system - in this case Linux and not windows. (you can get windows ones but their are a pain to create).
its like dual booting, if youve heard of that. or using a different operating system on your computer.

short version - you download your linux live cd such as puppy linux, burn it to cd, then boot from that cd. (can also be done from a usb pen drive).

the bonus is that a live cd can not possibly but using the files you want to delete as it is an entirely different operating system. im guessing that windows is somehow stopping deletion.

if your interested i can link you to some websites / give you more information. i dont want to over load you with information if your not interested.
oh forgot to mention it is free and legal.


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September 4, 2010 at 23:01:53

sigh, thanks but no thanks. I think I will just format my pc. Was hoping it didn't have to come to this but apparently this is an unsolve-able problem. Thanks for your time people.

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