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cliffk

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I have the Home Edition of Windows XP, and I cannot delete an icon on my task bar.

When I try to delete the icon I receive the following error message: "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk."

Does anyone know how I can permanently delete this icon from my task bar?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Cliff.
 

buck52

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What program is the icon for?

Can you stop the program from loading with msconfig or uninstall the program


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when you say "delete" do you mean disable, or are you talking about the quick launch icons. If this is the case, you might have to unloc the bar, by right clicking on it, and unselecting the lock.

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cliffk

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Hi Buck and Dan. Thanks for the thoughts about my task bar problem.

The icon directly on my task bar that is giving me trouble is a link to my c-drive. As such, I can't really 'uninstall' the c-drive.

And yes, I'm talking about the quick launch icons on the task bar at the bottom of the monitor. By 'delete' I mean that I would like to physically remove this c-drive icon shortcut from the taskbar. Also, my taskbar is 'not' in the 'locked' position.

When I right click on this taskbar icon and select 'delete,' I receive the error message noted in my first post. When I left click on the taskbar icon, nothing happens.

I also looked at msconfig, but the c-drive icon link in the taskbar doesn't load onto the computer like some software programs. This c-drive icon is located on the left side of the taskbar, as opposed to the righthand side, where software programs automatically open when the computer is started.

So my goal remains the same: to remove this c-drive icon from the taskbar.

Any tips are greatly appreciated! Thanks, Cliff.
 

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Try dragging it from the Quick Launch to the desktop, then right click on it and see if you can delete it??
 

cliffk

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Hi Del. Yes, I've tried your suggestion already. I've tried dragging this icon from the taskbar to the desktop and also to the Recycle Bin, but in both cases, when I do this, the following error message appears: "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk."

Perhaps there is a relatively simple solution to this problem, I just haven't found it yet. By the way, the reason I would like to remove this link from the taskbar is because it does not work.

So I'm still searching. Any tips on how to remove a stubborn link from the Windows XP taskbar is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Cliff.
 

buck52

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Is this the error message you get when you try to move it...

<img src="http://forums.techguy.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=721069">

try a restart

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i'm sure you tryed to defrag, and run the scan for file errors, is there something connected to the icon running in task manager? i have home also, do not have an icon like that. you could just hide the tool bar. do you have some kinda software connected to C-drive? sorry can't help more.
 

cliffk

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Howdy Buck! Yes, opening the icon to produce the error message, and then restarting the computer, solved the problem.

After the restart, the troublesome taskbar icon was no more!
Perhaps Windows XP recognized the corrupt file with the error message displayed, and then deleted it accordingly in the restart process.

Thanks to all for the great suggestions.

Cliff.
 
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