I've got two ghosted desktop items that were word files in 2007. I did have three, one being Thumbs.db which has suddenly changed its mind and
allowed me to move it to the recycle bin.
All three had 0 bytes and each time I tried to do anything with them I got the message that windows could not read the source file or disk.
I have looked for them in the cmd window directory and they are not there to delete. I have run C cleaner to check the registry and then, grasping at straws, run chkdsk. I have tried clean up desktop items and searched on the internet for ideas.
I don't think they are causing any problems, its just the principle of not finding a way to get rid of them.
Edit:- Its XP.
Try here .... Cocuments and Settingsyour usernameLocal SettingsApplication
Data. Change the drive letter accordingly if your windows is installed to a drive other than c.
You'll be looking for iconcache.db to delete drom
can you right click on them to view the properties of the files, if so, you should then be able to change the attributes to be able to delete them
Tried that Lee. But everything you try to do it gives the same message. I think its because the files themselves have been deleted but they are still listed in Explorer some how. I'll try Sceptre's idea.
Found the iconcache.db file and opened it in wordpad. But its massive and contains every icon in the world ever! Is there an easier way to find my two files?
The error suggests the files are shortcuts to real files that were, at one time, on another drive. If they won't bugger off, you might want to give
one of these a go.
I did see mention of unlockers during my googling expedition. I have downloaded and used unlocker on my Windows 7 laptop because I had trouble safely removing hardware. That worked fine with no sign of any malware etc. Might give that a go.
Have a look here An icon cache rebuild may sort it.
plus one to rebuild the cache .