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Ghosted desktop icons
John_Little - 13-3-2015 at 12:49

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.

Any ideas?

Edit:- Its XP.

sceptre - 13-3-2015 at 18:00

Try here .... C:Documents 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

LSemmens - 14-3-2015 at 03:45

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

John_Little - 14-3-2015 at 10:39

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.

John_Little - 14-3-2015 at 10:51

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?

Katzy - 14-3-2015 at 11:07

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.



John_Little - 14-3-2015 at 13:43

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.

LSemmens - 14-3-2015 at 13:53

Have a look here An icon cache rebuild may sort it.

sceptre - 14-3-2015 at 16:54

plus one to rebuild the cache .

John_Little - 15-3-2015 at 11:03

Originally posted by LSemmens
Have a look here An icon cache rebuild may sort it.

That looks good. I'll have a go and let you know how it went.