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a file appeared in a directory that has 0kb and no extension. I cannot delete, move or rename it because the computer says it can't find the file. How do I get rid of it?
 

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You can try this and see if it works

# Click on Start, Search, All Files and Folders
# Type the name of the undeletable file in the box shown
# Make sure the Look In box shows the correct drive letter
# Click Search and let the computer find the file
# Once the file is located, right-click on it and choose properties, make a note of the file location. Usually this is something similar to

c:\windows\system32\undeleteablefilesname.exe

# Close the search box
# Click on Start, Run, and type CMD and Press Enter to open a Command Prompt window
# Leave the Command Prompt window open, but proceed to close all other open programs
# Click on Start, Run and type TASKMGR.EXE and press Enter to start Task Manager
# Click on the Processes tab, click on the process named Explorer.exe and click on End Process.
# Minimize Task Manager but leave it open
# Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory where the file is located. To do this, use the CD command. You can follow the example below.

Example: to change to the Windows\System32 directory you would enter the following command and Press Enter

cd \windows\system32

# Now use the DEL command to delete the offending file. Type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete.

Example: del undeletable.exe
# Use ALT-TAB to go back to Task Manager
# In Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the Windows shell.
# Close Task Manager
 

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Thanks, Lorjack

One small problem, I can't recall how to write a directory name in msdos if the directory name has spaces. On our server it's called "c:\server files\scanned documents" If I type "cd \server files" or "cd c:\server files" it thinks "files" is a parameter. I tried using wild cards, like "cd server?files" or "cd server*" I get "invalid directory".

This came up because we had a glitch when scanning a document. Something went wrong in transmission from the scanner to the server and only the name got written (without the .pdf extension) to the "Scanned documents" directory. The actual data bits didn't transmit or didn't write, whatever.

It's these little things that annoy me. I could let it go and leave it there until the drive winds up in some land fill somewhere, but it makes me crazy in the mean time. If I can't get rid of it I might need a referral to a therapist who deals with this kind of thing.

Thanks again,

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