Cannot delete files

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ErikJan
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Cannot delete files

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The last few months I frequently have situations that after I move a file from my desktop to a folder, the file remains on the desktop and does not delete. The icon is gone, but what remains has become inaccessible. I cannot run it anymore, I cannot rename it and most of all: I cannot delete it.

So of course, I checked the obvious things: I am administrator on my system, I went to Properties / security but I have NO rights there (I cannot make myself owner: no rights). I went to an elevated CMD (or PowerShell) prompt... nothing. I tried "TakeOwn", nothing.
If I do a 'dir' in Powershell I even get an error on the files.

Last resort: I do "UnLocker" and have the files deleted after reboot... Does not work...!

After a few days, the file sometimes disappear...

The only thing that worked is start in Safe-mode. But I don't want that all the time.

Why does this happen and/or how do I get to the files so I can delete them?

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Re: Cannot delete files

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I have encountered this scenario from time to time also. In my case the file actually was moved/deleted but the desktop or folder was not refreshed automatically. So simply pressing F5 refreshed the desktop or folder and the icons disappeared. I'm not saying this is what you are experiencing, but if it happens again, try pressing F5 and see if that helps.

PS: I'm not sure why my PC sometimes does not refresh, but it seems intermittent and later fixes itself???!
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Re: Cannot delete files

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https://superuser.com/questions/1258643 ... -files-fol

Various settings Solutions in this above Thread to consider......
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Re: Cannot delete files

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I tried this, it's no a refresh issue. The files are there, also after a reboot...

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Re: Cannot delete files

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Is this desktop folder related to any cloud function?
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Re: Cannot delete files

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Nope, nothing OneDrive or similar

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What type of files are these that you can NOT remove?

Also do you have system hidden files turned on?
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Re: Cannot delete files

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All good questions, thanks. It happens with all type files and it's not related to file properties like hidden or system.

I have not had this the last few days BTW; as soon as it happens again I'll try to post some screenshots