Cannot Delete 0 length file


In WIN XP when I try to delete a zero length file that I am sure somehow was created when I tried to open a power point video and no pp software I get:

Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk
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  1. That sounds like your filesystem is corrupted. To fix it, assuming your boot drive is c:\

    Open up a command prompt.
    Type chkdsk c: /f
    Say yes when is asks if you want to schedule a scan at the next boot.
  2. Thank you. It did not help.
  3. Is that file on your C Drive, or another drive? If another drive, perform the chkdsk command on the drive letter where the file is.
  4. Thank you for trying to help. The file is in the C drive. I know how it was created. A cousin had sent me an email with an attachment which was a powerpoint file. I did not know that. I saved it and tried to open it but I did not have the software i.e. the powerpoint. A bunch of files were created all meaningless to me. I deleted them all but this one the zero length one remained. Nothing seems to help and I don't want to format the disk and reload windows at this time.
  5. I've got the same problem: from 2011 the 0kb lenght file is on my desktop! Nothing seems to be able to delete it.
  6. The file may be set as a "Read-only" file which makes it difficult but not impossible to delete.
    If you can see the file in Windows Explorer try this:
    Right click on the file
    Click on Properties
    If there is a check beside "Read-only" remove the check by clicking in the box beside "Read-only".
    Then delete the file.

    To change the "Read-only" attribute from a command prompt do the following:
    Navigate (go to) the directory that contains the file.
    type "attrib -r [file name]" without the quotation marks or brackets. Remember to include the file extension in the file name (example: test1.ppt where test1 is the file name and .ppt is the file extension).
    To delete the file from a command prompt type "del [filename]" without the quotation marks or brackets.
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