Can't delete "The... folder does not exist. The file may have been moved or deleted."

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by kevin09, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. kevin09

    kevin09 Guest

    Ok, when i click on a file to delete it, it comes up with this --->
    "The... folder does not exist. The file may have been moved or

    I think I have deleted these files a while ago but when i search for
    them they show up
    as 0 bytes.

    I tried - creating a new folder with the same name and putting those
    files in and then deleting them, but doesn't work.
    I tried Hijack this and delete on reboot, can't open as file does not
    exist for deletion.

    don't post solutions that are stupid please such as: have you tried
    right click and delete
    kevin09, Jun 24, 2009
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  2. It can be that a rootkit (not such a good one) is hiding it. So... You best
    bet is to download a rootkit hunter and scan your system. Also a process can
    be blocking access to that folder. It can be resolved by killing that
    process etc..
    James Matthews, Jun 24, 2009
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    Randem Guest

    Randem, Jun 24, 2009
  4. kevin09

    JEWboy Guest

    Can you start Windows in Safe mode, into DOS mode an dmanually locate & see
    what operations file will allow now, outside of Windows?
    JEWboy, Jun 24, 2009
  5. Can you browse to this file using Windows Explorer? If it is not there, and
    the file shows up in search, you may have to refresh the search index. This
    is done automatically in the background but if you use the computer
    constantly, and then turn it off when you are done, the index "may" not be
    refreshed accordingly.
    Richard Urban, Jun 24, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Kevin.

    We often see such complaints of files continuing to show up in a Search for
    a while (several days?) after they have been deleted. This happens
    sometimes if the computer is heavily used and has had little slack time for
    Search to run in the background - or if the computer is always turned off
    quickly when not being used for a foreground task.

    If all else fails, I look for "missing" files/folders with the good old Dir
    command from MS-DOS days in a Command Prompt window:
    dir c:\<filename> /a /s

    The "dir" lists all files and folders in the specified folder (formerly
    known as a "directory"). The "c:\" specifies to start at the Root of Drive
    C:. For <filename>, substitute the file or folder name that you are looking
    for; use the "?" and "*" wildcards as needed. The /a parameter says to show
    All files, even those with Hidden or System attributes. And the /s
    parameter says to list files and folders in subfolders, too. If your "lost"
    file does not show up in THIS listing, it is not anywhere on Drive C:. (So
    look for it on Drive D: with dir d:\...)

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100
    R. C. White, Jun 24, 2009
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    +Bob+ Guest

    Do they only show up in search? Or do you see them in other places
    like Windows Explorer ?
    +Bob+, Jun 24, 2009
  8. kevin09

    kevin09 Guest

    Hey guys thank you for reply, I will try and let you guys know.
    The files ONLY show up when I search for them.
    and I cannot do anything with these files - move them, delete them,
    rename them.
    I just want to remove them.
    and im still finding files from 3 months ago that i have deleted.
    kevin09, Jun 25, 2009
  9. kevin09

    kevin09 Guest

    okay i managed to delete some files.
    these are older files and then ones that i can't delete currently
    I right clicked on one of the files, then properties, found the
    location of them
    went to the location and dragged the files from the search window into
    the location
    it created a folder which it used to belong inside.
    i moved the file into this folder which has just been created.
    and then i deleted the folder which contains this file.
    problem solved. Gone for good when i refresh the search window.

    HOWEVER, the more recent files which are supposedly located on the
    but not visible. These files i tried the same method but they seem to
    come back when i refresh the search window.

    HOPEFULLY this would have helped some people struggling with the same
    but more recent files still can't be deleted... any ideas?
    kevin09, Jun 25, 2009
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    kevin09 Guest

    PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    click on start - type in index - click on indexing options - click on
    advance - then click rebuild.

    thank you for your help
    kevin09, Jun 25, 2009
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Kevin.

    Congratulations on solving your problem. ;<)

    And thanks for the feedback. That should help us help others with a similar
    problems. That's what newsgroups are all about. ;<)

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100
    R. C. White, Jun 25, 2009
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    +Bob+ Guest

    That's why I asked the question about "only visible through search".

    Vista indexing is error prone and performance wasting. The search
    interface is cumbersome, non-intuitive, and tuned to skip certain
    files MS didn't think you should be looking at.

    Instead of treating the symptoms as you have, try treating the
    problem: disable the indexing service, Install Agent Ransack, and
    don't use Vista search ever again.
    +Bob+, Jun 25, 2009
  13. Told you that yesterday!
    Richard Urban, Jun 25, 2009
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    Jul 22, 2009
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    Hi, I had the exact same problem and it was making me insane. File showed up in explorer with 0 bytes, couldn't rename, move or delete it - windows kept saying that it couldn't find the file. I tried numerous programs like Delete FXP Files to no avail.

    The file had a complicated name with lots of spaces(and no extension) so I had trouble deleting it from DOS - kept getting the file not found error. So I just used the wildcard (the asterisk).

    filename was: (PSP) something long and complicated. with no extension

    I typed: del (PSP)*

    That finally did it. Obviously that would also delete anything else in the directory beginning with that file name so use with extreme caution.

    Still worried it might have been some sort of malware remnant, who knows.
    JDV, Jul 22, 2009
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    Aug 19, 2009
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    I had the same problem. I went to Advanced Search Options and specified file size greater than 0kb... no more ghost files!
    lwaustralia, Aug 19, 2009
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    Aug 19, 2009
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    I spoke too soon... the ghost files returned... not happy. Guess I'll have to look for an alternative, too.
    lwaustralia, Aug 19, 2009
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