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Solved: Can't delete an empty folder off desktop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by awkwardlypeachy, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. awkwardlypeachy

    awkwardlypeachy Thread Starter

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    I just installed a dock on my computer. Whenever I do this I usually just put the shortcuts in the dock and delete the shortcuts on my desktop. When I tried doing this all but 1 shortcut got deleted. This shortcut is a now empty folder with no name (because I did the whole alt 255 thing). I thought that maybe by deleting all the files, the folder would be free to delete, but that is not the case.

    I do not get any error messages when I try to delete the folder, it's like I just didn't do anything at all; same thing happens when I try to rename the folder. I have literally tried EVERYTHING, it takes a while for me to resort to posting in a forum when I know the answer to most computer problems has already been answered elsewhere.

    I have tried Cut - end explorer.exe process, Running explorer.exe again, that didn't work. I have tried downloading DelinvFile (or something) that didn't work either. I tried downloading CantDeleteFile, gave me the prompt "thanks for using bla bla" but the folder was still there. Tried going to my registry see if its there, I THINK it is but when I try to delete that registry key is says "Error while deleting key" (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83b1-96b02CFE0D52} is the one I'm trying to delete) has a "Removal Message" below (Default). When I open an Explorer window, the nameless folder comes up on the list to the left, right below the Recycle Bin (see attached desktop picture). I have also tried Cutting and Pasting into the Recycle Bin, but the folder just becomes solid once again (because it goes see through when I "Cut"). I have also run chkdsk, tried deleting and again nothing happened.

    I really don't know what else to do. I have ran all kinds of command prompts trying to find whats wrong. Whenever I type my problem into Google, people say that they get error msgs when they try deleting. I have never gotten any and I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing.

    Regsearch.txt (attached) is what comes up when I go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace". Idk if its useful or not, but I really want to get rid of this empty folder. This has never happened to me before so I hope you guys can help.

    Thank You.

    PS: I run Windows Vista SP2 32bit
     

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  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    Try Unlocker.

    If no luck,

    Have you tried deleting the folder from command line?

    Click Start > Programs > Accessories > right-click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

    Type: RD /S /Q "Full Path of Folder"
     
  3. awkwardlypeachy

    awkwardlypeachy Thread Starter

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    Wow! I thought it would definietely NOT WORK just because I've tried so many things, but Unlocker actually deleted the damned folder! My desktop now looks clean :) Thank you so much! Now I just need to see if it doesn't come back after I restart.

    Again, thanks!
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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