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I can't delete a folder on the desktop because "the folder doesn't exist" RRS feed

  • Question

  • so now what do i do ?!??!

    the folder looks like a normal folder... but i can't delete it !!!


    I've tried CheckDisk and rebooting...


    Monday, February 1, 2010 9:50 AM

Answers

  • Solution:

    open Command Prompt (CMD) via RUN

    then use DIR /X to show the non-8dot3 file names...

    the folders name is then something like Folder~1 

    then either rename or delete the folder using dos commands and the short 8letter name.
    • Marked as answer by Montago Monday, March 8, 2010 8:48 AM
    Monday, March 8, 2010 8:48 AM

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  • probably an indexing problem
    click on start - type in index in search field - click on advanced button - then click rebuild button. Now when its complete see if it will delete.
    MCSE, MCSA, MCDST [If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Mark as Answer" or "Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.]
    Monday, February 1, 2010 12:43 PM
  • didn't help either :-(


    Monday, February 1, 2010 1:22 PM
  • only if you know whats is in the foler and making sure that you don't need whats in it. check hidden folders and files see if any hidden display.
    i would take the ownership of the folder and delete it.

    you can use these command to take permission and delete folder
    make sure you are loggin in as administrator or run the cmd as administrator

    icacls file_location (eg. c:\new folder) /grant administrators:F
    if exist file_location del file_location /s /q
    if exist file_location RD file_location /s /q

    give it a try and cross your fingers :)
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Monday, March 8, 2010 2:41 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Montago Monday, March 8, 2010 8:42 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Leggie Tuesday, September 25, 2018 5:02 PM
    Monday, February 1, 2010 3:14 PM
  • Solution:

    open Command Prompt (CMD) via RUN

    then use DIR /X to show the non-8dot3 file names...

    the folders name is then something like Folder~1 

    then either rename or delete the folder using dos commands and the short 8letter name.
    • Marked as answer by Montago Monday, March 8, 2010 8:48 AM
    Monday, March 8, 2010 8:48 AM
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    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:10 PM
  • I've had this problem, i.e. a folder which wouldn't drag into the bin and didn't submit to any of the freebie unlocker progs which are available. Eventually, I discovered that XYplorer can actually access the folder used by the Recycle bin (I daresay there are other things which will do the same). When I tried dragging the offending folder into this and emptied the bin, the problem miraculously disappeared. No idea why this works, though!
    Monday, January 23, 2017 7:25 PM
  • XYplorer is a dream program. Installed the trial version and it readily deleted both folders that Windows (server 2012 R2) said did not exist, and which couldn't be acted upon by other free programs.

    I then needed to delete a couple of other folders that contained sub-folders on the same server. I needed to drill down with XYplorer and delete the contained files and sub-folders first (I suspect that one or more of these sub-folders was contributing to the original issue) and then could delete the top folder, also with XYplorer.

    These folders and files did NOT show as open at all under Windows Computer Management.

    FYI the icacls command line fix didn't work in this case, but thanks for that info!!



    • Edited by PJBeee Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:15 PM
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:01 PM
  • It worked for me. Thank you. All other ereasing programs were unable to erease the file and it’s numerous folders. Great information.
    Friday, December 28, 2018 7:05 PM
  • We spent 6 hours on this trying to delete 1 stupid little folder, this solved it
    Saturday, July 18, 2020 3:49 AM