File on desktop cannot be deleted because its not there

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  1. ozmart2012

    ozmart2012 New Member

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    I tried to download a PDF but something went wrong during the download and I ended up with a file icon on my desktop without any extension and having 0 bytes. When I try and delete this file icon I get the error message: Could not find item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\Myname\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again.

    This seems like a contradiction - Windows is showing a file icon on the desktop but then says there is no file there!

    I have tried searching for a file by that name elsewhere and there is nothing. I have also tried cleaning the reg and doing a disk cleanup.

    Any suggestions as to how to delete this useless file icon from my desktop?

    Thanks.
     
    #1 ozmart2012, Mar 9, 2012
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  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Sometimes when a down does not complete, it is given a .part extension. Also, you might check the downloader and remove any instance of it there.

    If you can't find it normally in Windows, you might try using a command window, or booting to the WinRE and using the command window from there.
     
  3. ozmart2012

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    Hi

    I have searched and found no .part files anywhere. I have also cleared the download list in Firefox.

    I'm afraid I am not very familiar with using the cmd window apart from basic queries and I don't know what WinRE is, sry.

    Thks anyway.
     
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    Any other tips or suggestions? THks.
     

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