Ghost Icon on Desktop

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The error
message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or disk."
Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I googled the
error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help, i.e.:
safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot without success.
I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the time this started
without success. It was originally a business email that I saved to my
desktop. When I opened the email to read it this icon appeared. when I
deleted the original email this one stuck around.....and around..... and
around. There must be some registry edit or something else I can do to get
rid of it. Thanks for your help.

David
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More about ghost icon desktop
  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.

    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The error
    >message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or disk."
    >Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I googled the
    >error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help, i.e.:
    >safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot without success.
    >I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the time this started
    >without success. It was originally a business email that I saved to my
    >desktop. When I opened the email to read it this icon appeared. when I
    >deleted the original email this one stuck around.....and around..... and
    >around. There must be some registry edit or something else I can do to get
    >rid of it. Thanks for your help.
    >
    > David
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it have
    an extension?

    MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php

    You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081

    Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm

    ---

    Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del

    Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm

    Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    ---

    How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8

    "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345

    You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081

    You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders from a
    Mounted Drive
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368

    How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    > I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >
    > "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    > news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The error
    >> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or disk."
    >> Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I googled the
    >> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help, i.e.:
    >> safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot without
    >> success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the time this
    >> started without success. It was originally a business email that I
    >> saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this icon
    >> appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry edit
    >> or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your help.
    >>
    >> David
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Thanks for the reply Wes. It was originally saved as an email to my
    desktop. Unfortunately it does not have an extension. There is nothing
    after the period. I believe that is why windows can't find it. When I try
    to open it I get a message saying it doesn't exist. That's the same message
    that Move on Reboot gives me. I'll work through the links you sent and
    report back. Thanks.

    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    > have
    > an extension?
    >
    > MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    > http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >
    > You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >
    > Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    > http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >
    > ---
    >
    > Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >
    > Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >
    > Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    > ---
    >
    > How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    > http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >
    > "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >
    > You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >
    > You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders from
    > a
    > Mounted Drive
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >
    > How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    > David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>> error
    >>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or disk."
    >>> Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I googled
    >>> the
    >>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help, i.e.:
    >>> safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot without
    >>> success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the time this
    >>> started without success. It was originally a business email that I
    >>> saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this icon
    >>> appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry edit
    >>> or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your help.
    >>>
    >>> David
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am always
    willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still sitting there
    thumbing it's nose at me.


    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    > have
    > an extension?
    >
    > MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    > http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >
    > You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >
    > Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    > http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >
    > ---
    >
    > Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >
    > Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >
    > Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    > ---
    >
    > How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    > http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >
    > "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >
    > You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >
    > You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders from
    > a
    > Mounted Drive
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >
    > How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    > David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>> error
    >>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or disk."
    >>> Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I googled
    >>> the
    >>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help, i.e.:
    >>> safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot without
    >>> success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the time this
    >>> started without success. It was originally a business email that I
    >>> saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this icon
    >>> appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry edit
    >>> or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your help.
    >>>
    >>> David
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    David,

    This opens your Desktop folder...
    Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    Try to delete it from there, if it's there.

    This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    Try to delete it from there, if it's there.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    > I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    > always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still sitting
    > there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >
    >
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >> have
    >> an extension?
    >>
    >> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>
    >> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>
    >> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>
    >> ---
    >>
    >> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>
    >> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>
    >> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >> ---
    >>
    >> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>
    >> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>
    >> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>
    >> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders from
    >> a
    >> Mounted Drive
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>
    >> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>
    >> Wes
    >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>
    >>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>> error
    >>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>> googled the
    >>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the
    >>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business email
    >>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this
    >>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>> help.
    >>>>
    >>>> David
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even tried
    deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little thing. I
    know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and eventually we'll come
    up with it.

    David


    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > David,
    >
    > This opens your Desktop folder...
    > Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    > Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >
    > This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    > Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    > Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still sitting
    >> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >>> have
    >>> an extension?
    >>>
    >>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>
    >>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>
    >>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>
    >>> ---
    >>>
    >>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>
    >>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>
    >>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>> ---
    >>>
    >>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>
    >>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>
    >>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>
    >>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>> from
    >>> a
    >>> Mounted Drive
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>
    >>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>
    >>> Wes
    >>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>
    >>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>
    >>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>> error
    >>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>>> googled the
    >>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before the
    >>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business email
    >>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this
    >>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>> help.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> David
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Beats me, David. If you tried everything from the links in my first post,
    that's all I know.

    Check back here to this thread, maybe someone else will post something.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
    David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    > Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    > tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    > thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and eventually
    > we'll come up with it.
    >
    > David
    >
    >
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> David,
    >>
    >> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>
    >> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    >> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>
    >> Wes
    >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still sitting
    >>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >>>> have
    >>>> an extension?
    >>>>
    >>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>
    >>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>
    >>>> ---
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>
    >>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>> ---
    >>>>
    >>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>
    >>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>
    >>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>
    >>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>> from
    >>>> a
    >>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>
    >>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>
    >>>> Wes
    >>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>
    >>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>> error
    >>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>> the time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>> email that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read
    >>>>>> it this icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one
    >>>>>> stuck around.....and around..... and around. There must be some
    >>>>>> registry edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks
    >>>>>> for your help.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> David
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    David,

    Can you try this:
    Start | Run | CMD | enter

    in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    copy/paste), press enter at the end:

    dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"

    open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy /
    paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.

    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    > tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    > thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and eventually
    > we'll come up with it.
    >
    > David
    >
    >
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> David,
    >>
    >> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>
    >> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    >> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>
    >> Wes
    >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still sitting
    >>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >>>> have
    >>>> an extension?
    >>>>
    >>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>
    >>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>
    >>>> ---
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>
    >>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>
    >>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>> ---
    >>>>
    >>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>
    >>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>
    >>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>
    >>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>> from
    >>>> a
    >>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>
    >>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>
    >>>> Wes
    >>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>
    >>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>> error
    >>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>> email
    >>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this
    >>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> David
    >>
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.


    Volume in drive C is WinXP
    Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D

    Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop

    08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    2 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    Volume in drive C is WinXP
    Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D

    Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop

    08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free


    "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > David,
    >
    > Can you try this:
    > Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >
    > in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    > copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >
    > dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    > dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >
    > open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy /
    > paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >
    > "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and eventually
    >> we'll come up with it.
    >>
    >> David
    >>
    >>
    >> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> David,
    >>>
    >>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>
    >>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    >>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>
    >>> Wes
    >>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>
    >>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>> sitting
    >>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >>>>> have
    >>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>
    >>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>
    >>>>> ---
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>> ---
    >>>>>
    >>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>
    >>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>
    >>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>>> from
    >>>>> a
    >>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>
    >>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Wes
    >>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this
    >>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> David
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main Office Contact Info."


    //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of allowing paths up to 32000 characters.
    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    =================================================
    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    > Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >
    >
    > Volume in drive C is WinXP
    > Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >
    > Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    > 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    > 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    > 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    > 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    > Volume in drive C is WinXP
    > Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >
    > Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >
    > 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    > 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    > 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    > 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >
    >
    > "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >> David,
    >>
    >> Can you try this:
    >> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>
    >> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>
    >> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    >> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>
    >> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy /
    >> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and eventually
    >>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>
    >>> David
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>> David,
    >>>>
    >>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>
    >>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK |
    >>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>
    >>>> Wes
    >>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>
    >>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>> sitting
    >>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does it
    >>>>>> have
    >>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>>>> from
    >>>>>> a
    >>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> --
    >>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it. I
    >>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it this
    >>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> David
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it could
    not find the file.


    "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main Office
    Contact Info."


    //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of allowing
    paths up to 32000 characters.
    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    =================================================
    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    > Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >
    >
    > Volume in drive C is WinXP
    > Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >
    > Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    > 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    > 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    > 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    > 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    > 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    > Volume in drive C is WinXP
    > Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >
    > Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >
    > 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    > 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    > 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    > 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >
    >
    > "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >> David,
    >>
    >> Can you try this:
    >> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>
    >> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>
    >> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    >> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>
    >> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy
    >> /
    >> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>> eventually
    >>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>
    >>> David
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>> David,
    >>>>
    >>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>
    >>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK
    >>>> |
    >>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>
    >>>> Wes
    >>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>
    >>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>> sitting
    >>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does
    >>>>>> it
    >>>>>> have
    >>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>>>> from
    >>>>>> a
    >>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> --
    >>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it.
    >>>>>>>> I
    >>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> David
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  12. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    This creates it

    copy con \\?\c:\test.
    [then ctrl + z]

    and this deletes it
    del \\?\c:\test.

    Therefore the illegal name isn't your problem.
    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    =================================================
    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message news:eKP7do5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it could
    > not find the file.
    >
    >
    > "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    > news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main Office
    > Contact Info."
    >
    >
    > //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of allowing
    > paths up to 32000 characters.
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > =================================================
    > "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    >> Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >>
    >>
    >> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>
    >> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >>
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    >> 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    >> 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    >> 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    >> 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    >> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>
    >> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >>
    >> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    >> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    >> 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    >> 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >>
    >>
    >> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >> news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>> David,
    >>>
    >>> Can you try this:
    >>> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>>
    >>> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >>> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>>
    >>> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    >>> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>
    >>> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy
    >>> /
    >>> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>>
    >>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>>> eventually
    >>>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>>
    >>>> David
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> David,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK
    >>>>> |
    >>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Wes
    >>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>>> sitting
    >>>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does
    >>>>>>> it
    >>>>>>> have
    >>>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>>>>> from
    >>>>>>> a
    >>>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of. The
    >>>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it.
    >>>>>>>>> I
    >>>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some registry
    >>>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> David
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  13. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    ok, let's try this (one more time?):
    1. bring up command prompt:
    | Start | Run | CMD | enter
    2. Close all open applications.
    3. Start task manager:
    Ctrl+Shift+Esc
    4. Under processes tab, find explorer.exe and do "end process", leave task
    manager running.
    5. In command prompt type as a continuous command following by enter:
    del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\Empire Main Office Contact Info."
    6. In task manager, | file | new task | explorer.exe | enter


    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:eKP7do5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it
    > could not find the file.
    >
    >
    > "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    > news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main Office
    > Contact Info."
    >
    >
    > //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of allowing
    > paths up to 32000 characters.
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > =================================================
    > "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    >> Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >>
    >>
    >> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>
    >> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >>
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    >> 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    >> 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    >> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    >> 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    >> 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    >> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>
    >> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >>
    >> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    >> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    >> 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    >> 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >>
    >>
    >> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >> news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>> David,
    >>>
    >>> Can you try this:
    >>> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>>
    >>> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >>> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>>
    >>> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>> &&
    >>> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>
    >>> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please copy
    >>> /
    >>> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>>
    >>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>>> eventually
    >>>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>>
    >>>> David
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> David,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click OK
    >>>>> |
    >>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Wes
    >>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>>> sitting
    >>>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does
    >>>>>>> it
    >>>>>>> have
    >>>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete Folders
    >>>>>>> from
    >>>>>>> a
    >>>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without success.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of.
    >>>>>>>>> The
    >>>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it.
    >>>>>>>>> I
    >>>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without help,
    >>>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to before
    >>>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some
    >>>>>>>>> registry
    >>>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for your
    >>>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> David
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  14. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    actually, on a second thought, change No 5 to:

    del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\*empire*"

    "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:OQrBi86pFHA.820@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > ok, let's try this (one more time?):
    > 1. bring up command prompt:
    > | Start | Run | CMD | enter
    > 2. Close all open applications.
    > 3. Start task manager:
    > Ctrl+Shift+Esc
    > 4. Under processes tab, find explorer.exe and do "end process", leave
    > task manager running.
    > 5. In command prompt type as a continuous command following by enter:
    > del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\Empire Main Office Contact Info."
    > 6. In task manager, | file | new task | explorer.exe | enter
    >
    >
    > "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    > news:eKP7do5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it
    >> could not find the file.
    >>
    >>
    >> "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    >> news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main
    >> Office Contact Info."
    >>
    >>
    >> //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of
    >> allowing paths up to 32000 characters.
    >> --
    >> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    >> =================================================
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>> Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    >>> Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>
    >>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >>>
    >>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    >>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    >>> 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    >>> 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    >>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    >>> 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>> 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    >>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>
    >>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >>>
    >>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    >>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    >>> 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>> 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>>> David,
    >>>>
    >>>> Can you try this:
    >>>> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>>>
    >>>> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >>>> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>>>
    >>>> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>> &&
    >>>> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >>>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>>
    >>>> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please
    >>>> copy /
    >>>> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>>>
    >>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>>>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>>>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>>>> eventually
    >>>>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> David
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> David,
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click
    >>>>>> OK |
    >>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> --
    >>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but am
    >>>>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>>>> sitting
    >>>>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file? Does
    >>>>>>>> it
    >>>>>>>> have
    >>>>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete
    >>>>>>>> Folders
    >>>>>>>> from
    >>>>>>>> a
    >>>>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without
    >>>>>>>>> success.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of.
    >>>>>>>>>> The
    >>>>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file or
    >>>>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with it.
    >>>>>>>>>> I
    >>>>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without
    >>>>>>>>>> help,
    >>>>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to
    >>>>>>>>>> before
    >>>>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some
    >>>>>>>>>> registry
    >>>>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for
    >>>>>>>>>> your
    >>>>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> David
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  15. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    To the rescue....


    visit www.majorgeeks.com and search for a program called "unlocker"

    Andy
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    Sir, you command of dos is excellent. The offending file has been sent off
    to a place much more appropriate for it other than my desktop. Thank you
    very much. I'm keeping your email in the eventuality that something like
    this should happen to me or someone I know again. Once again, thank you,
    thank you, thank you.

    David


    "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:%23NQXFO7pFHA.3404@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > actually, on a second thought, change No 5 to:
    >
    > del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\*empire*"
    >
    > "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:OQrBi86pFHA.820@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> ok, let's try this (one more time?):
    >> 1. bring up command prompt:
    >> | Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >> 2. Close all open applications.
    >> 3. Start task manager:
    >> Ctrl+Shift+Esc
    >> 4. Under processes tab, find explorer.exe and do "end process", leave
    >> task manager running.
    >> 5. In command prompt type as a continuous command following by enter:
    >> del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\Empire Main Office Contact Info."
    >> 6. In task manager, | file | new task | explorer.exe | enter
    >>
    >>
    >> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:eKP7do5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>> Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it
    >>> could not find the file.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    >>> news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>> del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main
    >>> Office Contact Info."
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of
    >>> allowing paths up to 32000 characters.
    >>> --
    >>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >>> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    >>> =================================================
    >>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire Main
    >>>> Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>>
    >>>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >>>>
    >>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    >>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    >>>> 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    >>>> 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact Info.
    >>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    >>>> 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>>> 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    >>>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>>
    >>>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >>>>
    >>>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    >>>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    >>>> 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>>> 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> David,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Can you try this:
    >>>>> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>>>>
    >>>>> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >>>>> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" > "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>>> &&
    >>>>> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >>>>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>>>
    >>>>> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please
    >>>>> copy /
    >>>>> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I even
    >>>>>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn little
    >>>>>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>>>>> eventually
    >>>>>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> David
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> David,
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>>>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>>>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click
    >>>>>>> OK |
    >>>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but
    >>>>>>>> am
    >>>>>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>>>>> sitting
    >>>>>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file?
    >>>>>>>>> Does it
    >>>>>>>>> have
    >>>>>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
    >>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete
    >>>>>>>>> Folders
    >>>>>>>>> from
    >>>>>>>>> a
    >>>>>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without
    >>>>>>>>>> success.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of.
    >>>>>>>>>>> The
    >>>>>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file
    >>>>>>>>>>> or
    >>>>>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with
    >>>>>>>>>>> it. I
    >>>>>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without
    >>>>>>>>>>> help,
    >>>>>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on Reboot
    >>>>>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to
    >>>>>>>>>>> before
    >>>>>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a business
    >>>>>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one stuck
    >>>>>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some
    >>>>>>>>>>> registry
    >>>>>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for
    >>>>>>>>>>> your
    >>>>>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> David
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  17. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Hi David,

    you're welcome and thanks for posting back.

    "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:OF2v0d$pFHA.2336@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Sir, you command of dos is excellent. The offending file has been sent
    > off to a place much more appropriate for it other than my desktop. Thank
    > you very much. I'm keeping your email in the eventuality that something
    > like this should happen to me or someone I know again. Once again, thank
    > you, thank you, thank you.
    >
    > David
    >
    >
    > "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23NQXFO7pFHA.3404@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >> actually, on a second thought, change No 5 to:
    >>
    >> del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\*empire*"
    >>
    >> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >> news:OQrBi86pFHA.820@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>> ok, let's try this (one more time?):
    >>> 1. bring up command prompt:
    >>> | Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>> 2. Close all open applications.
    >>> 3. Start task manager:
    >>> Ctrl+Shift+Esc
    >>> 4. Under processes tab, find explorer.exe and do "end process", leave
    >>> task manager running.
    >>> 5. In command prompt type as a continuous command following by enter:
    >>> del /a /f "\\?\%userprofile%\desktop\Empire Main Office Contact Info."
    >>> 6. In task manager, | file | new task | explorer.exe | enter
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:eKP7do5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Tried it just like you typed it David and received a message that it
    >>>> could not find the file.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eN$S5i5pFHA.3516@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>>> del "//?/C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop\Empire Main
    >>>> Office Contact Info."
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> //?/ turns off some checking of illegal names as a side effect of
    >>>> allowing paths up to 32000 characters.
    >>>> --
    >>>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >>>> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    >>>> =================================================
    >>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:%23V%23$sd5pFHA.2816@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Mak, here it is. the offending file is 4th from the top "0 Empire
    >>>>> Main
    >>>>> Office Contact Info." It's not listed in all users\desktop.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>>>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\David Gorick\desktop
    >>>>>
    >>>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> .
    >>>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM <DIR> ..
    >>>>> 08/20/2005 11:36 AM <DIR> David
    >>>>> 08/22/2005 08:22 AM 0 Empire Main Office Contact
    >>>>> Info.
    >>>>> 08/22/2005 08:56 PM 0 mydesktop.txt
    >>>>> 2 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>>>> 3 Dir(s) 8,487,612,416 bytes free
    >>>>> Volume in drive C is WinXP
    >>>>> Volume Serial Number is 181A-583D
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\desktop
    >>>>>
    >>>>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> .
    >>>>> 08/08/2005 10:03 AM <DIR> ..
    >>>>> 0 File(s) 0 bytes
    >>>>> 2 Dir(s) 8,487,608,320 bytes free
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Mak" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:e4mHdE5pFHA.544@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> David,
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Can you try this:
    >>>>>> Start | Run | CMD | enter
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> in command prompt type the following as ONE CONTINUOUS COMMAND (or
    >>>>>> copy/paste), press enter at the end:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> dir /a "%userprofile%\desktop" >
    >>>>>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt" &&
    >>>>>> dir /a "%allusersprofile%\desktop" >>
    >>>>>> "%userprofile%\desktop\mydesktop.txt"
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> open mydesktop.txt. Is the problem file listed there? If so, please
    >>>>>> copy /
    >>>>>> paste contents of mydesktop.txt here, indicating which one it is.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:%23NjrIW3pFHA.3432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> Tried both of those Wes and still get the same error message. I
    >>>>>>> even
    >>>>>>> tried deleting the desktop.ini file without success. Stubborn
    >>>>>>> little
    >>>>>>> thing. I know that there has to be a way to get rid of it and
    >>>>>>> eventually
    >>>>>>> we'll come up with it.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> David
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>> news:OX01z$2pFHA.208@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>> David,
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> This opens your Desktop folder...
    >>>>>>>> Start | Run | Type: desktop | Click OK |
    >>>>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> This opens the All Users Desktop folder...
    >>>>>>>> Start | Run | Type or paste: %allusersprofile%\desktop | Click
    >>>>>>>> OK |
    >>>>>>>> Try to delete it from there, if it's there.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> In news:u8hX%23i1pFHA.3304@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>>> I tried every suggestion again. I had tried some previously, but
    >>>>>>>>> am
    >>>>>>>>> always willing to try again. Had no success at all. It's still
    >>>>>>>>> sitting
    >>>>>>>>> there thumbing it's nose at me.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>>> news:ObDxW10pFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>>> What is the file on your desktop, a shortcut to an .eml file?
    >>>>>>>>>> Does it
    >>>>>>>>>> have
    >>>>>>>>>> an extension?
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> MANUALLY DELETING STUBBORN FILES
    >>>>>>>>>> http://aumha.org/a/stubborn.php
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder
    >>>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320081
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Delete A File That Is Seemingly "Undeletable"
    >>>>>>>>>> http://www.theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    >>>>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>>>> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Scroll down to Delete - AVI, MPG... files (access denied error)
    >>>>>>>>>> ---
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> How To Delete "Undeletable" Files And Folders In XP
    >>>>>>>>>> http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> "Access Denied" Error Message When You Try to Delete a File
    >>>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=298345
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system
    >>>>>>>>>> volume
    >>>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> You Receive an "Access Denied" Error Message When You Delete
    >>>>>>>>>> Folders
    >>>>>>>>>> from
    >>>>>>>>>> a
    >>>>>>>>>> Mounted Drive
    >>>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319368
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
    >>>>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Wes
    >>>>>>>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> In news:%23vvw6l0pFHA.2520@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >>>>>>>>>> David Gorick <dgorick@adelphia.net> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>>>>>>> I've also tried the suggestions from Kelly' Korner without
    >>>>>>>>>>> success.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> "David Gorick" <dgorick@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>>>>>>> news:uU7h$dzpFHA.3356@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>>>>>>> I have a 0 byte file setting on my desktop I can't get rid of.
    >>>>>>>>>>>> The
    >>>>>>>>>>>> error
    >>>>>>>>>>>> message says "cannot delete file. cannot read from source file
    >>>>>>>>>>>> or
    >>>>>>>>>>>> disk." Nor can you cut, copy, rename or do anything else with
    >>>>>>>>>>>> it. I
    >>>>>>>>>>>> googled the
    >>>>>>>>>>>> error message and have tried a number of suggestions without
    >>>>>>>>>>>> help,
    >>>>>>>>>>>> i.e.: safe mode and command prompt, etc. I tried Move on
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Reboot
    >>>>>>>>>>>> without success. I even resorted to restoring back prior to
    >>>>>>>>>>>> before
    >>>>>>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>>>>>> time this started without success. It was originally a
    >>>>>>>>>>>> business
    >>>>>>>>>>>> email
    >>>>>>>>>>>> that I saved to my desktop. When I opened the email to read it
    >>>>>>>>>>>> this
    >>>>>>>>>>>> icon appeared. when I deleted the original email this one
    >>>>>>>>>>>> stuck
    >>>>>>>>>>>> around.....and around..... and around. There must be some
    >>>>>>>>>>>> registry
    >>>>>>>>>>>> edit or something else I can do to get rid of it. Thanks for
    >>>>>>>>>>>> your
    >>>>>>>>>>>> help.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> David
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  18. +1 for Mak's solution. Brilliant and effective, unlike the various "utilities" available. Thank you.
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