Why can’t I delete a folder from my desktop?

Damien Mcghee November 23, 2011
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I have moved a file via my cell phone from my work computer to my home laptop. I was able to delete the contents of the file however, I can not delete the folder. It is stuck to my desktop forever. This is a huge problem for me as I do not like icons on my desktop! Save me!

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  1. Charlie Player
    July 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    maybe something inside folder running..so resatrt ur pc and then delete it
    hope it will work

  2. JimmyF
    July 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    This trick with safe mode 99,9% will work. Another reason why you caanot delete a folder is because it's not empty (and windows will show a related message) as it may contains hidden files or folders or locked/hidden ones by using a utility such as Folder LockBox. I had this problem, a locked folder, forgot about it and found it on safe mode when eventually this folderwasn't locked.

  3. Dmcghee1 Dm
    January 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you all so much, problem solved!

    • Jay.0
      January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for your feedback.
      Did you use unlocker or something else did the trick ?

  4. zalathel
    January 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    you can also try with LongPathTool. its program for deleting long path files, folders or just files that "can't be deleted" :)

  5. zogster
    November 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

    If that icon really bothers you and all of the previous suggestions don't help then you could try hiding the icon permanently using the following instructions:

    - Change the background color of your DESKTOP to black
    - Purchase some black paint
    - Paint over the area on the screen occupied by the pesky icon

    Voila! Problem solved.

  6. Jay
    November 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

    it is possible that a hidden file is in the folder, and it is being used by a program.
    do you get an error ?
    what is it?

    some times refreshing the folder or in your case desktop or restarting removes the folder, or allows to delete at least.

    were you in a hurry when you transferred files ? and tried to do it faster than your pc can, in that case a you should check disk for errors.

    else unlockr is the answer to stubborn data.
    http://unlocker.en.softonic.com

    from the previous question :
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/delete-stubborn-mp4-file/#comment-328478710

  7. FIDELIS
    November 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hello, have you tried deleting the file in safemode?  Enter the advanced menu when you are starting your computer by pressing F8.  Once in advanced mode, select safemode.  When safemode finishes starting app, right click on the file and select delete.  You can also try deleting the file from command prompt:

    -- click on start
    -- all programs
    -- accessories
    -- right click on command prompt and select run as administrator
    -- once command prompt opens do the following:
        *** type dir and press enter
        *** type cd Desktop and press enter
        *** type dir
        *** find the folder you want to delete and type the following:
            del ****

    *= replace with file name as it shows on desktop
    -- exit commmand prompt and restart computer in normal mode

    Or you could try unlocker to see if it can delete the folder:
    http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/

    or lockhunter,
    http://lockhunter.com/

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