Undeletable File in Windows 7
December 1, 2012 5:11 PM Subscribe
I have a phantom file on my desktop that I cannot delete. It's there and yet it does not exist. Help me get rid of it.
posted by dephlogisticated to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm using Windows 7. I downloaded a PDF onto my desktop, but something went wrong. The resulting file is 0 bytes and has no file type. When I try to delete it or move it to another folder, I get a pop-up saying:
Could not find this item
This is no longer located in C:\User\[redacted]\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again.
And yet the file is
there. I can look at its properties (though I cannot change them). If I click on it, Windows asks me what program I want to use to open it. If I navigate to the Desktop from a separate Window, the file is there. I've tried both refreshing the desktop and restarting the computer, to no avail.
What's going on and how can I fix it?